By Patrick Hawthorne
A righteous man and his righteous son were walking along a well beaten path. “Father,” the young man spoke quietly. “A friend of mine has offered me a job that will allow me to earn quite a sum of money.”
“O’, and what is this job of which you speak,” asked the father?
“I’d rather not say but it could help the family financially. After all, we are struggling and could use the money.”
“I see,” was all the old man said.
The duo continued their walk, neither saying a word. Rounding a bend, they came upon a rather large puddle of water, full from an evening’s rain. The water stood clear, so clear in fact that tiny pebbles could be made out at the bottom. To the curiosity of the son, the father bent down and picked up a small twig. With a steadiness so as not to disrupt the sediment at the bottom, the father slowly lowered the twig into the water.
“Son, this water represents you. There is evil all around you, yet it does not affect you because you are righteous, you are crystal clear.”
With a quick downward thrust, the father jabbed the stick into the muddy bottom. A burst of sediment exploded within the water causing the clarity to quickly vanish. Now, all that could be seen was muddied water.
“If you accept that job, no matter how well your intentions, you will become as this water…murky. Not only will it affect you, but it will affect all those around you. You see son, for a righteous man to falter before the unrighteous is as a polluted well. Not only will you be ruined but it will affect all who come to drink from your well.
Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring Is a righteous man who yields and compromises his integrity before the wicked. (Proverbs 25:26 AMP –Bible Gateway)