20 Be friends with those who are wise, and you become wise. Choose fools to be your friends, and you will have trouble – Proverbs 13:20
A study for the Home Office found that up to 6% of 10-19 year olds are involved with, or belong to, a “Gang” in England and Wales. While doing research into the statistics of gang culture, the percentages of young people involved in gang crime and those who knew people in gangs, was staggering. An OSN, Crime Survey for England and Wales found that in 2013-2014 9.5% of people aged 10-15 “knew someone in a gang” and 0.9% were involved in a gang. Another table of results found that 5.4% of people aged 16-24 “knew someone in a gang” and 0.7% were involved in a gang themselves. The question is, where is our understanding of “Iron Sharpens Iron” and how are we approaching the younger generation with such vital life principles?
Ultimately we are who we spend our time with. Without removing conscious decision and choice out of the equation, the people we spend the majority of our time with and their actions, can determine how we think and what we become. Choosing our friends wisely is strongly advised within God’s word and really, it makes a lot of sense – A student can only become as wise as his teacher. So, when thinking about Proverbs 13:20 and the way the world is heading, debate if you have anyone around you that could be potentially spending time with the wrong people, or if you yourself need to re-evaluate your ‘clique’? Seek God and surround yourself with those on the same mission as you.