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Security System Thieves

March 11th, 2009

Focus Passage: Proverbs 12: 26 (NLT)

26 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.

Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead 

A wise person once said, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”  It’s a truth that I witness very day.  Friendship is a matter of influence and security.  We want friends because we are inherently designed with a need for relationship.  Especially for younger people, friendship seems to be the highest priority that often trumps the wisdom of parents and even faith.

Recently, evidence of the influence friends have on each another was released in a news article out of Dallas, Texas.  Police said two burglars struck a Texas store that sells high-end security equipment, and the whole thing was caught on tape by seventeen . . . count ‘em . . . seventeen cameras rolling in the store.

Dude, you robbed a security system store!  I wonder how that conversation went down between these two friends.

“Hey man, let’s go break into a store and steal something!”

“Okay, I’m thinking that cool gadget store downtown.”

“You mean the security system store?  Isn’t that a little . . . well, dumb?”

“Nah, what’s the worst that can happen?”

Long pause. 

“Yeah, dude!  I’m in!”

This passage clearly portrays the same truth that we each witness every day of our lives: “The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.”  The issue here isn’t good intentions, it’s good wisdom.  I’m always amazed when people take advice from someone who is obviously not filled with wisdom on a particular matter. 

Listen, if you want to know how to run in your neighborhood at a mediocre, unimpressive speed . . . I’m the man to ask.  I do it three times a week.  If you want to know how to win the hundred-yard dash at the Olympic Games, you should probably look elsewhere.  The wisdom for that particular feat just simply isn’t in my schemata of thinking and skills.

Who you pick as your friends in life, for teens and adults, will be your chief influences in social and often spiritual matters.  They may not always be saying things verbally; sometimes advice is louder than words. 

Those dumb criminals obviously didn’t have enough wisdom between them to influence each other to avoid an obviously foolish plan.  Humorous?  Indeed.  What isn’t funny, though, is when we do the same things . . . receiving influence from “friends” who lack the wisdom to help us find the correct path.  You wouldn’t take math tutoring from a student who makes D’s, right?  Then why would we take advice on attitude, relationships, spiritual matters, etc. from someone who hasn’t successfully tread down those paths themselves?

Something to think about before we go busting into a store with seventeen cameras . . . spiritually, of course.

Who’s advice are you listening to?



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