Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night. ~~Psalm 1:1-2 (ESV)
I'd never considered that flooding my mind with Scripture serves as the antidote to all the ungodly philosophies floating around American culture. But we most assuredly need an antidote. On a daily basis, the world challenges basic Christian teachings such as the deity of Christ, salvation coming only through His shed blood, the depravity of man and the authority of the Bible. It daringly questions the values that the Bible teaches, or it manipulates Bible verses to accommodate its desires. Some of these challenges are blatant, but most sneak into our minds subtly, barely recognizable as wicked counsel.
Clearly, Christians face the "counsel of the wicked" merely by sharing the planet with unbelievers. Christians can't avoid contact with non-Christians. In fact, we need to be among them in order to share the Gospel with them. I often ask non-Christians to read my blog, praying that the Holy Spirit might use some of the Scriptures I share to open their hearts. I tell my PCAs about Jesus, and intercede for them daily. Verse 1 doesn't advocate complete isolation from non-Christians.
Instead, these two verses teach that we must reject the thinking of those who refuse to comply with the Lord's values. Political correctness must never rule our minds. In our inevitable (and necessary) interactions with the world, the Lord calls us to avoid submission to its "wisdom." He gives us His Word, expecting us to spend time studying it, considering its implications regarding how He commands us to live, so that we might make practical applications of it. In short, our devotion to Scripture counteracts worldly thinking.