In the Gospel of Mark the Lord warns: “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.” Mark 8:14. You may be wondering as His disciples did why are we talking about bread? Were the Pharisees peddling some sort of evil pastry? Maybe a bran muffin which sells itself as healthy until you realise it has enough calories to feed a small village for a week.
Leaven, such as yeast, is small in ratio to the rest of the ingredients in a loaf of bread but its effects are pronounced. In the scriptures we sometimes find leaven being used as analogy to corruption. In the Gospel of Luke we get a bit more clarity on what the Lord meant. He said: “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Luke 12:1. The Pharisees were astute scholars, learned men who invested their lives in the law of Moses and the scriptures. Yet for all their learning they had no understanding. Christ stood among them, healed the sick, raised the dead and expounded the scriptures and for all their study they could not see who stood before them.
Paul warned that there would be similar people in our day. There would be those that would be “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Timothy 3:4-5. As I write this I think of several female music artists with songs that include lyrics to promote gender equality, admirable yes. Then these same artists dress and act in ways that turns them into nothing more than sexual objects. They weave a twisted and confused message for their followers.
I was once discussing with a friend whether drinking near beer would really be all that “bad.” Near beer, as you may know, has a very small amount of alcohol in it; so small, its not really worth mentioning. He said, “well what if it had a little bit of pooh in it? I mean a really small amount like .o5%. Would you still like to drink it?”
So when it comes to indulging in the music, entertainment and philosophies of the world keep an eye out for that little bit of pooh. From such turn away.