Choose Your Friends Wisely

While thinking about what to teach my youth group at church, I had a great thought (you are judged by the company that you keep).   Now, obviously this is not a new or originally idea.  I figured that it was something that I heard at church.   Well, that is not exactly true.  “A man is known by the company that he keeps,” is a quote by the Greek philosopher Aseop.  The Bible states in Proverbs 13:20 20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.   I think it is safe to say that parents should teach their children to choose their friends wisely.

This advice is not only good for young people, but it is also sound advice for adults.  As a historian I am saddened by the removal and destruction of historical artifacts and monuments.  Even though I believe Confederate monuments should not be destroyed, I would never attend a rally or protest the removal of monuments because I do not want to be associated with people of hate.  Unfortunately, hate can be found all over America today.  The alternative left group, Antifa, has been using disgusting and fascist techniques, such as throwing urine and feces on people, to silence their opponents.

In today’s politicized society, it is more important than ever to avoid associating with fools.  According to the Bible, “God will repay each person according to what they have done,” Romans 2:6.  Unfortunately, in today’s society people judge you based upon the company that you keep. A wise man will avoid people and places that can make them look foolish.  It is important for parents to teach their children to avoid foolish people.  It is also wise for adults to do the same thing.

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