Stand Apart from the Crowd

Edwards: “Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.”

Kay: “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.” ~ Scene from Men In Black after Agent Kay (played by Tommy Lee Jones) has revealed that aliens live on earth to Edwards “J” (played by Will Smith).

Screaming Person

“Once the herd starts moving in one direction, it’s very hard to turn it, even slightly” ~ Dan Rather

Running with the herd

I hate strife. It is a destructive form of conflict that leads to division and causes nothing but trouble.

I avoid strife in my marriage, with my children and at my work.

I also avoid people who like to stir up strife. You know, drama queens and make-a-scenes. These are people who apparently have nothing better to do than to get other people up in arms over…WHATEVER!

“Whatever” can be the news topic de jour, or “what” just happened to them at work, at the store, in the car, etc. It’s “whatever” will elicit a response of agreement and sympathy from the crowd they are seeking to incite.

I have been avoiding social networking sites lately just for this reason. I am amazed at the number of posts that are negative, griping, complaining and slanderous– and those are the ones made by Christians! What’s even worse (or more embarrassing) are the posts that are blatantly false and could so easily have been checked with a little research. It’s makes the person posting look like a dolt and brings shame to the name of Christ.

I expect non-Christians to to have a different view of the world from me, so I’m not surprised by what is written by some of my non-Christian friends (although I sometimes wonder when people will start to behave like decent, mature adults…)

So- here is the point of this post:

I’m bothered.

And disturbed.

We (Christians) aren’t supposed to be like the crowd. We aren’t supposed to act or respond like the rest of the people in the world. We should not be stirring up strife or inciting people to fear, anger or any other negative emotion. A herd/crowd mentality is dangerous (see Acts 6:12, Acts 14:2). Being caught up in speculative arguments and conversations is a waste of energy and precious time. Followers of Christ should be discerning, wise and able to speak truth into a situation, not add fuel to the fire. So:

If you are someone who gets easily caught up in a crowd mentality- recognize it and repent. God will help you.

If you are someone who stirs up trouble- admit it and repent. God will forgive you.

We are living in critical times. We need to be awake and alert, setting the example of Christ in all we say and do.

“Never follow a crowd in doing wrong. When you testify in court, don’t side with the majority to pervert justice.” Exodus 23:2

Be blessed in the coming week and be a blessing! Seek peace and live ❤

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