Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Relationships play a vital role in our walk with God. The Lord did not intend for us to do this alone. In the same manner a relationship can help our walk with God, it can also hinder our walk with God. To paraphrase something my dad taught me: “When you hang around manure all day, then you are bound to smell like manure.” It seems that the fragrance of what we surround ourselves with has an impact on us as well. Therefore, it is vital that we surround ourselves with the right kind of people.
This scripture tells us that when we walk with those that are wise we will become wise. When we develop companionship with fools we will be destroyed. Upon deeper study it is important to define what the Bible calls “fools”. According to Psalms 14:1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Becoming a companion to atheistic or agnostic views will lead to destruction. One of the great difficulties we face in the American Christian culture is the falling away of the next generation. Seventy five percent of young people between the ages of 18-25 years old are walking away from God and the Church and never returning. Young people are becoming influenced by a group of people that do not believe in the Lord and work diligently to prove that disbelief. Without a proper foundation and without a walk with those that are wise then those young people fall prey to such ideas and false narratives. It eventually leads to destruction.
We have to teach the next generation how to walk with those of wisdom. We have to ingrain within each group the importance of Godly relationships. It truly takes a village.