Once upon a time a tribal king who was a very big dealer of birds too, went to jungle in search of birds.There he caught two parrots and some other birds. When he was returning home, he stopped for taking some rest and lied down under a tree. While the king was resting , one of the two parrots escaped from the net.
The king got up and found that one parrot was missing but what he could do now .He took the other birds with him and went home. Tribal king kept the second parrot as a pet in his house . The Tribal king was a kind of person who talked rudely and always used harsh words whenever he spoke to others . He also used the bad language and he taught the same way of talking to his parrot. The parrot learnt the language of king.
The first parrot who escaped , reached to a hermit's place and the hermit kept it with him .The hermit taught him to speak politely and to use good language while speaking.The parrot learnt to speak like that.
One day a king of neighboring state passed by near the tribal king's house. The pet parrot of that tribal king looked him coming and shouted in such a harsh voice " How dare you to come here....
come on soldiers , beat him like a donkey."
The king was shocked to hear that and he immediately left that place.
Now that king reached near the hermit's place and the hermit's parrot greeted him," Oh , It's so nice to have you here sir,please come inside."
The king was so happy at his welcome, he praised the hermit and the parrot and became their friend.
Moral of the story -'' Bad Company Corrupts Good Moral''
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What You Lookin’ At? How Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals
Bad company can spell the end of your reputation and even your freedom. The Bible warns us often about taking stock of who we spend time with, as we see in these verses:
2 Thess 3:6 (KJV) Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Amplified Bible (AMP) 33 Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.
Bad Company Is Not Where You’re Called
Just as polluted air makes your body sick, so is your character made ill by breathing in bad habits of others. Believers in Christ are “called” which means God chose us out of the sea of humanity, so that He can conform us to the image of Christ. Jesus said plainly that He is “not of this world” (John 8:23) so likewise those who have faith in Him are not of this world. This is why the Bible instructs us to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), to “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and to make our requests be made “known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6) Praying without ceasing continually reminds us of the ways of our Lord. Prayer opens our hearts to hear His “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). He becomes the air that we breathe, and when His words fill our minds and hearts, we become infused with His spirit and life (John 6:63).
The cross calls you to a royal priesthood, away from bad company. Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today’s verses tell us that evil companions corrupt and deprave good manners, morals and character. Throughout the ages, parents have warned their children against bad company. In today’s world, though, we evil companions exert influence by virtual means. Because of the far reach and immediate access that modern-day media has to our lives, evil company is never far away. Evil company can even seem normal. How is that? Television shows are but one example of evil company. The wide-spread availability of porn and access to activities like speed-dating and sexting are but a few obvious examples. Other more subtle (socially acceptable) examples of bad company displayed in television shows are:
Scandal, Empire Criminal Minds How to Get Away With Murder How I Met Your Mother
Law and Order SVU
The Good Wife
Two & a Half Men
Sex in the City
These shows are tempting because they are often entertaining, well written, and their humor is often complex and acceptable from a literary perspective. What is wrong with these shows is that they continually present images of everything the Bible warns against. How many murders, acts of embezzlement, fornication, and adultery do you have to witness before your conscience becomes dulled? How many liars do you or your children have to listen to and reason along with before lying becomes acceptable?
Bad Company: TV Shows?
The temptation is to rationalize by saying “but these things are fiction, and part of enjoying fiction is a willingness to accept poetic license.” But. Your mind and its chemical reactions do not know that you are not the one committing these acts. Your mind races and your heart pounds just as if you were there. Long after the screen darkens , the imprints of what you have seen and heard ricochet through your subconscious mind. Corrupted TV shows and music are bad company that corrupt good morals. This is a bit purist for the likes of some Christians, but our instructions about what we should allow around us is clear:
2 Thess 3:6 (KJV) says: Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
Romans 1:32 says: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
So take an inventory of what you read, see, touch, etc. Hold whatever media you allow against the light of God’s word, and see how they hold up. So what are you lookin’ at?
Until next time, “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
Your friend in Christ,
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Last updated June 7, 2016
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