In talking to young people about preparing for the future, Ive had several say something like this: We must get into the world to experience ungodly situations and ungodly people in order to grow stronger.
This kind of thinking has swallowed up many immature Christians and eventually turned them against God. Sure, were in the world (John 17:15) and were exposed to non-Christian situations (school, job, neighborhood), but we need to be careful that exposure to those situations does not lead to embracing ungodly philosophies. All of us would mature faster by following the divine pattern suggested in Psalm 1:1.
First, lets not let our decisions and choices be controlled by the counsel of the ungodly. Second, we shouldnt put ourselves in a place where those who dont know Jesus can unduly influence our thought processes. Third, lets avoid getting comfortable with those who mock God, His Word, and His role in our life so that their thinking seems right to us.
Counsel from such sources leads us away from God. Instead, its best to get our training, our guidance, and our advice from Gods holy Word and those who know it and love it. God and His Word, not experiences, are our best teacher.
Read: Psalm 1
Thank you for your teaching. This is such wisdom.