Becoming Like the Crowd We Run With


As we spend time with people, we adopt their styles, values, and interests.

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” (1Corinthians 15:33, NIV).

The last line of George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a stunner: “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

One of the greatest influences we have for determining the way we live our lives is the group of people we run with. The fact is, we tend to become like those we choose to be with. As we spend time with people, we adopt their styles, values, and interests. If you associate with unethical people, you may find yourself progressively compromising on ethical decisions. If you surround yourself with men and women of godly character, you will find the ethical path much easier to navigate. You probably know this, so apply it to the people you befriend, but don’t stop there.

Join companies, work groups, and social circles that are made up of people with integrity. And if you own your own business, only hire people with solid character. Include your suppliers, your advertising agency, and your accounting firm on that list. Surround yourself with people of integrity, and you will find it easier to live in a way that is both pleasing to God and good for your fellow man.

“Bad company corrupts good character.” Run with a bad crowd, and you begin to live more like pigs! So choose to run with a good crowd. Then you can begin to live a life that builds character.


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