“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”Proverbs 4:14-15
I grew up in Christian school, and I was raised in church. I grew up with individuals who came from all walks of life. Our Christian school was placed in the inner-city and there were kids who did not come from Christian homes, and I’m not sure they were Christians themselves. I saw some of them get kicked out of school (as I did myself) and I saw some older ones who were caught with drugs. You wouldn’t think you would find this in a Christian school, but the students had their struggles with the world and sin. Looking back, I see that some of these kids did not grow up in a godly home, and the kids were often left to themselves and they did not make the best decisions with this liberty they were given.
I was about eight years old when I was playing one day after church. My parents were in a meeting, so I found myself running around and playing basketball outside. I saw some older kids who I looked up to go the back of the property where it was dark. The church parked the buses in that rear parking lot, and I saw those teenagers disappear behind the buses. I continued to play basketball and I tried to mind my own business, but my curiosity was getting the best of me. I wanted to see what they were doing so I decided to be Barnaby Jones and go investigate.
I walked over into the darkness, and I heard giggling and smelled something in the air that piqued my curiosity. I knew it was the smell of marijuana, so I went closer to see who was giggling and to see who was smoking weed. I got closer and I recognized the voices and saw the teenage boys smoking between some of the buses. The boys saw me and started to laugh even more, and I turned around and walked away. They called out to me but I walked back into the light. I was unsure what to do. I knew it was wrong, but I did not want to be labeled as a snitch.
My parents’ meeting ended and when I saw my mom, I instantly became nervous. My mom noticed the boys and pressed me as to why I was acting like this. I caved like someone needing a plea deal, and she ended up calling the teenage boy’s mother. I felt bad in a way, but relived in another. I vowed that day that I would never smoke that stuff, but the vow was forgotten as I got older. I did not avoid the path to destruction, and soon lost my way. The Bible clearly lays out for us that we are to avoid the path of evil, and we should not even get close to it. We never get too far from trouble, and it is better to learn from the mistakes of others than to commit the mistakes yourselves. The Bible is littered with stories of those who did not keep themselves from the evil path, and some of them even paid for their mistakes with their lives. I am sad to say that one of the teenage boys behind the bus that day grew up and pursued evil and was shot by the police and his life ended prematurely.
What are you flirting with today that you need to avoid? Are you admiring the path of the wicked or are you running in the opposite direction? It does not take much to be led astray, and sin always takes us further than we want to go and keeps us for longer than we want to stay. May we heed to the warning signs of the wicked path, and may we not linger but run far from it.