1 Corinthians 5:6b Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
Paul wrote this in the context of a sinning believer who was left uncorrected and became a source of corruption with the possibility to contaminate the whole body. I believe it equally applies to us as individual believers.
While we are “in the world but not of the world” we are often far too comfortable partaking of the things of the world. We are deceived when we think that this will leave us unaffected. Just like leaven, carnality and wordiness in one area will work its way through the entire life.
As I’m writing this our nation is in limbo as a presidential election has been contested and the whole country seems to be divided. Everywhere you look there is political commentary and I must confess that I’ve struggled with staying free of it. There just a desire to know what’s going on – not that we can really know.
Many of the political commentators on both sides are biased, harsh and angry. Who can listen to a steady diet of this and not be affected in their spirit?
Feeding on the things of this world, even when they don’t seem to be overtly wicked, will dampen your spiritual senses and quench your spiritual fire. It’s not worth it.
Leave the leaven alone.