When the bible says something, it always has its reasons. If we think such does not apply to us, we deceive ourselves.
Lets look at this scripture:
1 Corinthians 15: 33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
The word "communication" is not restricted to just hanging out together. Books we read, what we listen too, what we behold are all sources of communication. How careful we need to be. Have you ever watched a TV program and started feeling uncomfortable? Then its time to switch the programme off. Have you started feeling a check about certain telephone conversations? Then
perhaps its time to take action about it. Either wisely divert the conversation to something else next time the person calls or let it go to voicemail. You can always return the call at a time when you will be in charge of what is discussed.
Lets not forget Solomon. A phrase was made about Solomon in the book of Nehemiah which is very sober.
Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.
Solomon is all his wisdom, could not violate this principle. How careful we need to be.
Its time to begin to evaluate everything that is a source of communication to us, and ensure that it is pointing us to the source of purpose and pleasing God in all things. Sometimes these things can be subtle in influencing us, we need to remain sensitive.
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson