I believe that this Proverb is all about compromise and is a very real warning to all believers. The word in the Hebrew here for “gives way” is translated to: waver, to fail, to shake and to be moved. When the righteous are moved by the wicked, springs get muddied and wells get polluted. The purity of the spring is defiled. The very purpose for the spring, to provide a drink and refreshing to the weary is thwarted. It’s like Jesus said,
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” – Matthew 5:13
We’re called to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world and springs in the desert. But if we back down to the wicked and if we compromise, we lose our effectiveness.
There is a PR campaign being waged against the church by the kingdom of darkness. This campaign tells us that to minister to the lost, hurting and dying, we must become like them. Pastors and leaders are taking their cues from Hollywood and Wall Street. (What we’ve been left with is infotainment that makes a HUGE profit!) We’ve been told that if we’re going to reach this world, we must become like it. Huge swaths of the church have embraced the mantra of being “relevant” to the world.
Many Christians “love” unbelievers so much that they have decided to become one!
But it’s our purity that attracts the defiled. Your difference is what sets you apart. You SHOULD stand out. I don’t blush when I tell unbelievers that my wife is the ONLY woman I’ve ever had sex with. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve never seen the inside of a strip club or smoked a joint. It’s what sets me apart and it’s what makes me different. It’s the light they come running to when they are afraid of the dark.
Some Christians are so “relevant” to the world, they are irrelevant to eternity.