Stop Following the Crowd!

Stop following the crowd!

Easier said than done. There is something in us that makes us want to be a part of the crowd.  When the crowd goes for something its just human nature to follow.

The prankster with a hidden camera, Alan Funt, was notorious for exposing our frailties. In two episodes from his popular 1960’s show “Candid Camera,” Funt had fun with the human tendency to follow the crowd.

Scene # 1. A man walks into the waiting room of a doctor’s office. He looks around and is surprised by what he sees: everybody is in his or her underwear. People are drinking coffee in their underwear, reading magazines in their underwear, and carrying on conversations in their underwear. He’s shocked at first, but then decides that they must know something he doesn’t. After about twenty seconds, he also takes off his clothes and sits down in his underwear.

Scene #2. A woman waits patiently for an elevator in an office building. After a short period, the elevator arrives and the doors open. As she looks in, she notices that everybody is turned around and facing to the rear of the elevator. So, she, too, gets into the elevator and faces the rear.

All of us are subject to group pressures. Study your own behavior, and you’ll see how much you conform to various situations. Let’s suppose that you’re driving down the freeway, and everyone around you is going ten miles per hour over the speed limit. What happens?

It’s very difficult not to break the law. You get caught up in the “flow of traffic.” Suppose that you are a pedestrian standing at the corner of an intersection in a major city. Ten or twelve other people are standing there with you. The sign says, “DON’T WALK,” but no traffic is coming. Then one of the pedestrians crosses the street against the light. Soon another goes, and then another. In no time, all the other pedestrians have crossed the street against the light.

Our nature is to follow the crowd. Even when the crowd is going the wrong way. Romans 12:2 has a different idea.

(Romans 12:2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Stop following the crowd.

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