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Choose your friends wisely
Pastor Mark Jeske
by Pastor Mark Jeske
May 16, 2020

How did you end up with the friends you have? Did they choose to hang out with you? Did life (work, school, leisure activity) throw you together and you just hit it off? Or did you consciously choose to pursue a relationship because you admired them or enjoyed their company or wanted to be in their circle?

Parents of teenagers are nervous about their kids’ friends. They know that their own influence is diminishing and that of their kids’ friends is increasing. They know what happens to impressionable young people when they “fall in with the wrong crowd.” How does that happen? Do “wrong crowds” kidnap teens and force them to study their philosophy? No. Kids who should know better make the wrong choices because they valued inclusion and the approval of a certain group more than the approval of their parents. Or of their God. 

Some educators think that young people absorb as much from their friends as they do from their instructors. Choose your friends wisely. As best as you can, teach your children to choose their friends wisely. “Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips” (Proverbs 14:7). In Old Testament wisdom literature like the book of Proverbs, the concept of “folly” is not just doing dumb things like 40 mph donuts on an icy parking lot but choosing a life philosophy that will cause you to lose your faith.

Which will cause you to lose your place in heaven.

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