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Following the Crowd

Have you ever justified doing something wrong because someone else did it too? Maybe it was OK to drink a little too much because your best friend did. Or perhaps you know lots of people who cheat on tests, so what’s the big deal if you do?

The idea of “following the crowd” has been around for awhile. In Galatians 2, Peter cared about what some of the prominent Jewish leaders thought of him so he distanced himself from the non-Jewish Christians, called Gentiles. As a consequence, other Jewish men followed Peter’s example and stopped associating with the Gentiles. Peter’s actions were sinful, and his behavior caused others to stumble. Whether we want to admit it or not, our bad actions can influence others to follow us into sin.

We are to follow Christ’s example, not other people’s. Ephesians 5:1 says, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Take some time to examine why you do what you do. Are you trying to follow the crowd? Do you have sin in your life that could cause others to stumble? If so, confess it to the Lord today and begin walking in the freedom that comes from following Jesus, not other people.

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