Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. Because, as Paul said, bad company corrupts good morals.
Anyone who thinks the Bible is an old dusty book with little current application has only to read the book of Proverbs and other passages in light of today’s headlines. Just consider the growing list of those accused of sexual immorality, greed, and corruption:
- Hollywood elite who looked the other way as directors and other powerful men preyed on young women.
- The perpetrators themselves.
- Politicians who have been corrupted by power, position and the ability to spend tax-payer dollars to cover their indiscretions.
- Others afraid or unwilling to criticize, perhaps wondering if they’ll be the next to be outed or accused.
- Women who have been willing to tolerate abuses to get what they wanted (yes, some were naive or fearful, but do we really believe all of them were mere victims).
- Those willing to use money and favor, if not, out and out bribery, to get a desired outcome.
- Those willing to accept it.
- Politicians and media people willing to stack elections in favor of one candidate or the other; one party or the other.
- And many other examples.
But bad influences don’t just exist in politics and the entertainment industry. They can exist with our friends, advisers, co-workers, business partners, spouses, and those with whom we spend a great deal of time, whose favor we desire, or whose influence we come under. Continue reading