My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause; Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole as those who go down to the pit; We shall find all kinds of precious wealth; We shall fill our houses with spoil; Throw in your lot with us, We shall have one purse,” My son do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path, For their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed blood (Proverbs 1: 10-16 NASB).
After I read those verses this morning, all I could think of was Michael Jackson’s video “Bad.” The video is based on a true story. Jackson portrays a young man who attends a private school. When he goes home during an extended break, jealous friends try to entice him to attack and rob an old man in a subway station, but Jackson refuses. In the final scene, Jackson preaches to his friends, “You’re doing wrong.” The real-life story ended in tragedy, but Jackson gave his fictionalized version a happy ending.
Unless you see the entire video, you’ll miss the point. The short version is strictly entertainment. But the full version is a sermon in dramatization, song, and dance: a pictorial illustration of Proverbs 1: 10-16, although I doubt that Jackson had Proverbs in mind when he created “Bad.”