In the world but not of it

July 5, 2010

Peer pressure…

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Then the king deeply regretted what he had said…Mark 6:26

Herod was sorry for what he had done, allowing Herodias to have John beheaded. He had allowed himself to be influenced and gave into the peer pressure of the environment he had placed himself into.

Herod respected John; and knowing that he was a good and holy man, he protected him (Mark 6:20). But now it was too late, in the emotion of the moment he had made a decision he would deeply regret the rest of his life. It was his birthday and he threw a party that included the who’s who list of the time.

In front of all these high ranking officials as his guests, with all the revelry taking place he started making proud pronouncements and vows and before he knew it, he had fallen into the trap of his wife’s daughter who was waiting, patiently no doubt, for the opportunity to strike.

We can criticize Herod for his actions but there is a lesson here for us, especially as believers working in the world. We are foolish if we think we cannot or will not be influenced by the environments we allow ourselves to go into. We may manage it and escape the first few times but eventually our defenses will weaken and we will find ourselves tasting, then chewing and eventually swallowing…

Progression always leads to participation…if you progress down the path you will eventually participate.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful…Psalms 1:1

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