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What Do Boycotts And Cults Have In Common?

The dictionary defines a cult as a situation in which people admire and care about something or someone very much or too much. A boycott is when people refuse to buy, use or participate in (something) as a way of protesting.

Simply put, a cult loves a man-made figure or object, whereas; a boycott hates it.  Whether we love or hate, we can go too far either way.

1 Peter 2:11-25 lays out a how-to guide for following Jesus. The way we behave, treat others and live our lives should reflect our faith in God.

We are encouraged to live good lives (1 Peter 2:12) making Jesus’s life our example (1 Peter 2:21.)

Jesus never boycotted anyone or anything. Jesus loved his enemies even while they murdered Him (1 Peter 2:23.)

Jesus never taught us to follow religious leaders,  but instead, He instructed us to follow Him. We are to fear and submit ourselves to God before any authority of man (1 Peter 2:15-17.)

So, what do boycotts and cults have in common? Both are hyper-focused on people or things. Neither is worthy of our worship. Our worship must be reserved for God alone.


  • Are you avoiding situations that could lead you away from Jesus? If so, how? If not, why?
  • Are you following Jesus for the right reasons or is He your “get out of jail free” pass?  
  • What is one area of your life you need to surrender to God?  How can you begin doing that today?

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