I recently watched the movie, The Company You Keep, from 2012 starring Robert Redford and Shia LaBeof. The movie follows a journalist as he uncovers the hidden identity of Weather Underground activists on the run. The story is based on true events and presents some challenging circumstances requiring all parties to decide where their loyalty lie.
You don’t have to be familiar with the history or events as they unfolded in real life. They do a good job of giving enough details and flash backs to understand. In a nutshell, a group of activists against the Vietnam War crossed the line, and an innocent man was killed. They went into hiding, and they all went their separate ways living very different lives.
Most of the movie takes place some 30 years later, but what captivated me was the title. It really does sum up the movie. The company we keep does matter, and in this case, one person’s actions hurled them all into trouble. Everyone scattered and had to invent new identities and live in fear.
Our parents warn us when we are young to choose our friends wisely. They care about the people we hang out with because they know all too well mischief is contagious. I remember what a pastor said once: “It is easier to pull a person down off a chair than it is to lift them up.” Meaning, the wrong people will bring us down. I think as we get older, we forget this basic principle. We may not be as cautious, but I believe we should be even more selective.
I’m not saying we become hermits and stay clear of everyone, but I am urging us to be intentional with who we let into our inner circle. Are those people aligned with your values? Do they share your faith? Are you helping you on your journey, or do they cause you stumble?
Follow me for a minute as I share where I went with this concept. As I see it, we have two choices: Live in freedom for Jesus or be a slave to satan. The challenge for many is satan is very deceiving, and he makes it appear like you get to do anything you want with him. In some ways, you do get to be selfish and indulge your every whim…temporarily. However, a huge price will be paid: your soul.
Even satan knows things end badly for him. He knows he loses and gets tossed into the pit of hell for eternity…completely separated from God. He’s like a rotten child who wants as many other kids to suffer through detention with him.
Do you not see that? You have everything to gain with a relationship with Jesus: love, forgiveness, joy, peace, and eternal life. You have everything to lose with satan. He is intensifying his efforts because he knows the time will come where Jesus will reign, and he will have zero authority. And let us not forget any power he does have was given to him by God.
Cue up another movie you probably don’t want to watch, but I was glad I endured it. It is called Nefaroius and is a horror film released last year (2023). Nefarious means wicked or evil, and the story is about a man possessed by a demon spirit. He is on death row for killing people, but he doesn’t remember any of it. The devil truly made him do it.
A psychiatrist is scheduled to interview him and determine if he is fit for execution or not. During the interview, the demon shares his devious plans to take as many of God’s children into hell with him.
The movie got bad reviews, and I think it is because it speaks truth…loud and clear without any confusion. You clearly understand the plans of the devil and the choice you must make. He even highlights all the ways people slowly slip into darkness by gong with popular opinion and political correctness. The ironic part of the story is the demon knows all of this and is even shocked how people buy into his lies. You see, he even acknowledges the Almighty God!
As a Christian, the movie made me rejoice for Jesus Christ and the decision I made at the age of 13. If you aren’t a believer, you may want to watch Nefarious to get the full picture of where your life is heading. The demon calls God the enemy, but the reality is HE is the true enemy, seeking to destroy, conquer, and kill.
God sent His only Son, Jesus, to save us all…to forgive us of our sins and offer us eternal life in Heaven with Him. We are free to live without shame or guilt. Because He first loved us, we want to live Godly lives. We want to be better! Our relationship isn’t about control or deception. That is satan’s way.
Satan will celebrate you as you roll around in the muck and yuck of sin. He laughs when you get consumed by addictions and hopes you will believe all the lies in the world.
Jesus weeps for us, and He wants all His children with Him. All He asks is for you to say YES. You must choose, though. He won’t force Himself upon you.
What company are you keeping? Choose your coaches, mentors, and counselors carefully. If they don’t share the same faith as you, find someone who does. As a Christian, I offer more than just personal development strategies. I have God’s word and truth on my side, and I will come along side of you, praying for God’s direction in your life. I am currently accepting new clients. Give me a call.