Summary: Many atheistic professors are charming, witty and intelligent, and they influence many students to follow the path of unbelief. Atheism would never attract them, but the atheist can and does.
A father and his son were riding in a trolley car and the father decided
to have fun with his boy. He lifted his cap off his head and pretended to
throw it out of the window. The boy started to cry, but the father solved
the problem by snapping his fingers and producing the cap before the boy.
The boy's tears disappeared and he grinned with delight at his father's
amazing ability to bring back his cap with the snap of a finger. He said,
"That's fun, lets do it again." And before his father could intervene he
threw his cap out the window.
This was only innocent fun, of course, but it illustrates how one who is
admired can influence the conduct of the immature. They can be made to do
foolish things by the influence of false impressions received from adults.
Teens are not so immature as that little boy, and they are not likely to be
impressed with such sham magic as bringing things back by finger
snapping, but the fact is, they are still at a very impressionable age. They
can be deeply impressed by charming appeals to follow a path that leads to
the loss of far more than a cap, but to the loss of their good name, and
possibly even the crown of righteousness. Solomon was well aware of the
dangers that a young person faces in terms of being misguided by alluring
appeals to sin, and he makes this his first matter of instruction to his son
after he told of how obedience to instruction would lead to attractiveness
Verse 10 begins with a negative on what not to do. It is important to
recognize that youth need some basic don'ts to follow to help them avoid
many of the problems and sins that youth fall into. Solomon says that if
sinners entice you, do not give into them. He prepares his son for what is
almost inevitable. The word for sinners means those who are habitual
delinquents. They are those who delight in and willfully follow the path of
crime and sin. It is important to note that the warning is not against the
enticement of sin, but of the sinner.
Young people need to recognize that the personal element is the source
of the power of deception. If you ever hope to escape the snare of Satan
you must be aware of this fact. The personal element is the power behind
both sin and salvation. It is not only the Gospel that wins people to Christ,
but the person who presents and embodies the Gospel. Likewise, it is not
just sin in itself that attracts and entices, but the sinner who embodies the
life of sin. It is the attractive and glamorous appeal of the movie stars, and
not just their sins that entices young people to follow their footsteps to
folly. Many a sinful person has a very appealing and persuasive
personality that enables them to become heroes to many young people.
Many atheistic professors are charming, witty and intelligent, and they
influence many students to follow the path of unbelief. Atheism would
never attract them, but the atheist can and does.
In the realm of crime that Solomon is concerned about at this point, it
is almost the enticement of persons that causes an otherwise good young
person to become a part of a crime. The smooth talking young thief who
has gotten by with it may urge you to join him for some easy money, and
that can be a real danger. It is not robbery but the robber who can entice
you. You might think that all of this is quite irrelevant to your life, and for
some of you it may very well be, but for thousands of youth, even from
Christian homes, it is relevant. Remember that Solomon is speaking to a
young person brought up in a godly home. If it was not possible for a
godly young person to be deceived by devilish delinquents, there would be
no need for this warning in the first place.
Every Christian young person must honestly recognize that the evils
of their generation can ensnare them. Do not try and fool yourself, and
approach life with a blind and naive attitude about your weak and sinful
nature. All that happens to the non-Christian can ensnare you as well.
Studies show that 85% of the young people who get into trouble with the
police had a church background, and they were from homes where parents
were church members. The enticement to crime and sin is universal, and
reaches all young people to some degree. There is so much money involved
in enticing youth that it has become a major industry. Christian youth are
targets for this constant bombardment of enticement to evil.