“Leave the presence of a fool, or you will not discern words of knowledge.” (Proverbs 14:7) And who is the fool? “The one who says (and it can be argued, the one who lives as if) ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1)
This is not the only time in sacred Scripture where the Holy Spirit warns us against hanging with fools.
Why? Because God knows our nature. He knows the longer we associate with those who mock God, who mock His Scripture and His Church, the more likely the danger that we will ultimately share their judgment.
I remember a children’s Sunday School song that speaks to this point:
“Oh be careful little eyes what you see. Oh be careful little eyes what you see; for the Father up above is looking down in love, Oh be careful little eyes what you see” The lyrics then cycle through ears, hands, and feet.
So, Christian, what are you watching? What are you reading? What are you listening to? Who are you hanging with?
There’s much wisdom in that children’s song – and even greater wisdom in that proverb: “Leave the presence of a fool, or you will not discern words of knowledge.”