I’m Surrounded By Idiots

          The time was around 11:45pm, way past my bedtime I might add, and we were on the hunt for Ice Cream. In the car following a Chrysalis gathering at a church in Owensboro, I was with my dear friend Geyna. I had her phone, trying to find a song to play, but first noticed that her phone screen background was of Scar, from the Lion King. It read,

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Ya know, I feel that, but it caught me a little off guard, Geyna probably being one of the nicest people I know and all. At the moment, the “idiots” she was surrounded by were myself and sweet friend Kayla, with Chelsea, Abby, and Austin following behind us. Hah! I, personally, took no offense. Anyone who saw us that night would maybe use some nicer adjectives, including but not limited to sleep-deprived or slap-happy. Our Ice Cream attempts began with DQ – Closed, then Baskin Robins – Closed despite their deceiving internet closing time, finally, settling for McDonald’s – they notified us in the drive through that the ice cream machine was off at 9:30. So, Huddle House it was. Guys, IMG_2159it was beautiful. at shortly after midnight we had officially demolished three milkshakes, a monster sundae cookies, two waffle sundaes, and Chelsea had even drank a coffee cup of syrup as a result of a 86 cent bribe. We were so full, wound up on sugar, yet more than ready for bedtime.

While we may have seemed wild to our poor waiter, we had so much IMG_2250.JPGgood clean fun that night. Beginning with dinner, followed by worship together, and ending with a late night desert. I couldn’t be more thankful for the people in my life with whom I can share times like these. People who love me for who I am, the goofy or the serious. People who bring me joy. People who challenge me to be the best I can be, even sometimes past my bedtime.

This was a good time, with some good people, but times like these, we choose who we are surrounded by. Then there are other times life offers us. Times where our surroundings are more so chosen for us. We encounter individuals daily whom we don’t necessarily choose to interact with. What about our Co-workers? Those we attend school with? Those on our athletic team, club, or small group? How about people you pass in Walmart, those you’re behind in the drive through, or even friends of friends we end up around? People we befriend on Facebook, follow on twitter or Instagram, or add on snapchat? Our world is a very social place, and you can quickly find yourself surrounded by a multitude of diverse people.

What does the bible say about the company we keep?


He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm. -Proverbs 13:20

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. -Proverbs 27:17

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good character.” -1 Corinthians 15:33

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.2 Timothy 3-4 


Does this mean that as Christians who desire a walk with the lord we abandon the rest of this world and view ourselves as above others who are not sharing our same walk?


Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
He also told them this parable: Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?Luke 6:37-39
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” -Mark 16:15
Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.-1 John 2:9-11

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. –Romans 2:1-5
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Luke 6:41-42

While we are called to stand apart, and surrounding ourselves with those who are going to support us and help us in our walk, we are called to Love. Love our Father, Family, Friends, Neighbors, Strangers… As the second greatest commandment says, Love your neighbor as yourself. While we are different than the world we live in, we must work each day to show this world the love and joy that is to offer through our faith that we have chosen.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.-1 Peter 2:9

{{Insert Matthew West – Do Something Lyrics.. If you’ve never heard it, go give it a listen}}

 

While each day, we may feel like Scar, “Surrounded by Idiots”.

We must be better,

We must love more,

We must try harder,

to be the best version of ourselves while we await the return of our Jesus Christ, setting the goal of taking everyone with us when he does.

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