“You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong…” (Exodus 23:2)
Peer pressure is a serious phenomenon that almost everybody struggles with.
It is so much easier to go with the crowd than against it; their is a strong desire to “go along to get along” and not “rock the boat”.
That is why it is so important to know what you believe, why you believe it, and how to explain it.
Your convictions must be rock-solid if you wish to swim against the current.
You will need strong values so that you know where you stand and what you stand for.
And who you stand with.
The Lord says, “Do not fear.”
God repeats this command 365 times throughout the Bible – one for each day of the year – because He knew we would need reassurance. (Isaiah 43:5; Mark 5:36; Luke 12:32)
“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” (Matthew 10:28)
It can seem scary to stand against the crowd – as one against many.
But know that you are never alone. God stands beside you, in front of you, and behind you, constantly watching your back.
It is unpleasant to be the target of verbal or physical attacks and intense hatred.
But this is to be expected.
In fact, consider it a blessing.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
Do not fear.
Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.
These are not simply words of comfort and reassurance: They are commands from God.
He doesn’t want you to be afraid because He has already prepared the way ahead for you.
He wants you to trust Him and step out in faith; and when you do, incredible things will happen.