Be Careful Who You Run With

Last night, we watched the first part of the ESPN “30 for 30” special on Michael Vick, former Quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. Vick was a phenomenal athlete. He could run and had a powerful arm. He was a star and his future was bright.
Former Falcon Coach Dan Reeves met with Vick each week and warned him that people would want to hang out with him because he had money and fame but he had to be careful about who he let hang aground. Vick didn’t listen to his Coach.
Vick built a house in Virginia and lots of people were hanging around. In one interview, his wife described the people who were hanging out there and she said that some of them… well…. some of them didn’t need to be there. They were a bad influence. And ultimately led to Vick’s downfall.
An athlete who had it all… the future was bright… but he kept the wrong people in his life. The same can happen to anyone. While we may not be star athletes nor have the money Michael Vick had, we each have friends. We have people we hang out with. What kind of influence are they on us?
Christians need to have relationships with unbelievers in order to have the opportunity to lead them to Christ but, we need to be careful and not allow them to influence us. II Corinthians 6:14 says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?”
We need to have relationships with unbelievers but, we need to be careful and not allow them to influence us.

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