1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
I have written about Paul as a team builder. I guess you could say Paul spent his time going around putting together a team of believers. In this verse Paul is addressing something we all experience throughout our life, peer pressure.
Peer pressure is tremendous when we are young and in school.
We develop our social circles and want to be accepted. We want to be a part of something.
Maybe we conform to fit in with the “normal” kids, or maybe we rebel or gravitate to the “weird” and “strange”.
But no matter which way we go we end up accepting the moral standards of the crowd we choose.
This doesn’t stop in high school or college. Peer pressure is upon us in our social lives and work lives.
Paul wrote this verse because the Corinthian part of his team, got some strange ideas about the resurrection.
And just like when you brought home some “foolish” notion that your parents didn’t agree with, the blame went straight to your friends, the “bad company” that you kept. You don’t want to admit it, but the truth be told you probably got most of your ideas from your peers.
Now you’re an adult and you still have issues with peer pressure. You want to fit in, especially at work, where you spend a good chunk of your life.
You will take on the attitude of the people you hang with. You’ll tend to flock to those whose current beliefs coincide with yours, but still step out of character just to try and fit in.
This is when you go against your heart, and regret it. Believe me, I know, I experience it every day.
There are the times when I come home saying to myself, “I really shouldn’t have said that. Yea, it got a big laugh from everyone but is was at the expense of someone who wasn’t there.”
What are you to do to avoid this, not associate with anyone?
For me Paul answered that question in the first four words of this verse; “Do not be deceived”.
Paul is saying just be honest. You know when something isn’t right. If you are honest you will spot it and avoid it. You don’t need to alienate yourself from everyone.
Paul was sending all the believers into a world where the morals were not the same as theirs. He is telling them be honest with yourself, believe in yourself and be aware of the constant winds of change. Do not be deceived.
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