Not only have I seen the danger in drifting from key relationships. I was reminded this past week of the danger of the drift toward attitudes and actions that are harmful to our character and our example for Christ. Two passages I memorized years ago and taught to students over and over are: Prov. 13:20 – Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm; and 1 Cor. 15:33 – Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
The companions and company we choose impact us. Whether it’s social media, music, videos, tv, movies or friends; these companions have the potential to impact our character through the danger of the drift. Drifting entails slight movements in a certain direction that are virtually unnoticeable until they impact us.
I enjoy many aspect of media, but media has mastered “the drift” over the years by gradually introducing culture to new ideas that corrupt pure morals. They usually cloak them with humor so we’ll laugh, because laughter breaks down barriers. Think back on sitcoms you watch or watched. Were there underlying themes – or direct concepts – that caused you to laugh or think maybe they’re right or that situation isn’t really that bad. That’s the danger of the drift – because it’s so gradual it barely noticeable. But over time, a change in attitude leads to a change in action.
Bottom line – be careful – consider carefully the truth of Prov 13:20 and 1 Cor. 15:33 and make it a habit to renew not skew your mind (Rom. 12:1-2, Phil 4:8)