We recently heard a nature presentation from a park ranger on snakes we might encounter in the Zion National Park. She quoted this rhyme; “If red touches yellow, you’re a dead fellow. If red touches black, you’re OK, Jack.” As one can see from the photo, touching this Coral snake would not be such a good idea. However, I cannot see myself touching any snake regardless of their color! In any case, one cannot rely on color alone as this rhyme would imply as there are exceptions, especially outside of North America.
Our verse for today sounds like a proverb but it is actually a quote Paul uses to address a problem in the church. The saying came from a Greek comedy written by the poet, Menander. The influence of others can be strong enough to corrupt character. In the church at Corinth, the bad company were those teaching that there is no resurrection. Their influence was slowly eroding the character of those who held correct doctrine.
Some color combinations do not work and are even dangerous. When we walk with fools we can suffer harm (Prov. 13:20) Paul warns that believers are not to be yoked together with unbelievers (II Cor.6:14). Being yoked with someone means you are walking with them, going the same direction. The direction of a believer is completely different being on a path of righteousness. Of course, I rub shoulders with neighbors, colleagues and family members who do not love the Lord. I show them God’s love and share my story. But I do not walk with them and follow their direction or I could be misled.
Lord, keep me from being misled. Help me instead to lead others to You!