Danger of the Drift Part 2

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)

 

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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One Response to Danger of the Drift Part 2

  1. karl Frank says:

    If one has the opportunity to watch “old” Lucy and Dezi” tv programs one is quick to notice that they did NOT sleep together. Back then, tv would not ALLOW that to be shown. They EACH had their separate beds. Another interesting book on the same thoughts is “The Frog in the Kettle” and how the frog when placed in a cooking pan with cold water on the stove, does eventually begin to realize how the water is getting warmer and warmer. The Christ-like followers need to be setting standards with ALL types of communications for the rest of the world to notice, and NOT sitting back being silent. Pray that our Heavenly Father this day, and weeks to come, helps each Christ-follower to be mindful of what his or her eyes and ears are experiencing.

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