Tony Evans tells the story of a little boy who tripped and his left hand fell into the mud. His mom told him to go inside and clean his dirty hand. He came back out a few minutes later and he had two dirty hands. His mother scolded him saying, “I thought I told you to clean your dirty hand!” The little boy said, “I tried. I took my right hand and wiped my left hand with it, but it got dirty too.“
Paul will warn us in today’s text about the danger of hanging out with atheists. Sooner or later their dirt is going to rub off on us. As he says in verse 33, “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Atheists live ungodly lives because they don’t believe in God and in the resurrection of the dead. So they live for this life alone. As Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 15, we are not to be unduly influenced by paganism and agnostic humanism, but instead, we need to awake to the truth that those of us who are saved are to live for Christ with eternity in mind.