If you choose bad companions no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself. (Aesop’s Fables)

A fable is sometimes a legend or a story that may or may not be true. In this case, there is little doubt that this axiom is altogether true. How many times have we judged someone because of the people they associate with? Two lessons: 1) Don’t judge before you have all the facts; 2) it is a good warning because our own character may be judged by this same standard.

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. (Matthew 7:1-2)