“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners”
(1 Cor. 15:33, KJV)
Heads up teens, this lesson is for you! Eddie Stubbs (host of the Grand Ole Opry) recently interviewed George Jones on the famous “AM 650 WSM” radio station out of Nashville, Tennessee.
During this interview, Jones spoke of his near fatal car crash a few years back (he was DUI), and of his battle with alcohol. Anyone who knows about Jones is familiar with his former drinking problem and would recognize his infamous drinking songs, but Jones didn’t always partake of the “White Lightnin'” he sang about. In fact, in the interview Jones revealed how it all started more than 50 years ago.
He explained that early on in his career he drank Coca-Cola when playing the bars and honky-tonks. He resisted the temptation to drink alcohol for the first two years.
But as time went by, Jones said the pressure to “be a part of the crowd” got the best of him – he began to drink and didn’t “kick the habit” until a car wreck nearly killed him in March 1999.
Young people, Jones’ story perfectly illustrates Paul’s point in 1 Cor. 15:33, “Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals” (ESV).
Remember, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil…” (Ex. 23:2).