The amazing God, who made us and so understands us better than we understand ourselves, makes the following statement that we mud consider very carefully:
“Do not eat the bread of one who has an evil eye nor desire his delicacies. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:6-7)
For a Christian in today’s morally declining culture, perhaps there is no more needed counsel in all of God’s Word than the message of this passage from Proverbs. “Eating bread with” means casual familiar association. “One with an evil eye” signifies a person whose life and speech are sleazy and corrupt. “His delicacies” are the amusing or even humorous but immoral drivel that he spews from his corrupted soul.
In the “ordinary world” of today we must spiritually survive near such spirit-poison since it is almost everywhere. Make no mistake, NONE of us are so strong spiritually that we can “desire these delicacies” and remain unaffected. If we let these delicacies inside our minds and thoughts through the “doors” of the TV, internet, books, movies, etc. they WILL stain us inside our hearts and lower our sense of revulsion to Satan’s filth.
The priceless counsel of our Lord who loves us, and who will determine our eternity, is voiced in Phillipians 4:8 in our New Covenant contract with God.
“Brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phillipians 4:8)
What we allow into our thoughts is a decision of urgent consequence to us. It is also an obvious vital concern of God who holds our eternal destiny in His hands. This issue is NOT a matter where we can afford to be neutral or unconcerned. Thoughtless neutrality will leave our lives open to the evil one who will come right in through things like certain late night supposedly comedic TV shows or other popular “funny” shows. Once inside our minds, Satan will lead our thoughts to places God’s Spirit who dwells in us would never go with these sinfully infectious (though maybe humorous) paths of thought.
Let’s take a stand for the One who loves us and died so we could have far more than a few troubled years here in this perverted world, but rather have heaven with Him.