I am currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It is a fascinating case study of how sin corrupts a person. It is also fascinating to see how the character Lord Henry corrupts Dorian Gray. Lord Henry constantly spouts his philosophies about life and the pursuit of pleasure, and it rubs off on Dorian. Before long, Dorian is believing, talking, and living just like Lord Henry is, living a life of duplicity and hedonism.
There is a verse in the Bible that says “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Another way of putting it is “garbage in, garbage out.”
If you are constantly hanging out with people who are living the worldly life, it is not surprising to find yourself doing the same. If you hang out with people who are foul-mouthed, it doesn’t take long for you to pick up the same language. If you are hanging out with people who speak about the philosophies of men, it won’t be long before you start believing them to be true.
Bad company corrupts good character. This is true whether you are a Christian or not. But if you are a Christian, this is a great warning to you, because you are supposed to be a bearer of Christ to the world. You will not bear the light of Christ for long if you put yourself in a position to be corrupted by deceitful and depraved people. The devil will snuff out that light that dwells within you so quick that you won’t see it coming, and will only find yourself groping in the dark, no knowing the way to go and apt to fall into a pit.
(Editor’s Note: I intend to write down more of my thoughts about The Picture of Dorian Gray as I complete the book, so stay tuned and keep checking back.)