In the world but not of it

September 18, 2010

Follow the crowd…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“Even so, we still want a king”…1 Samuel 8:19

“You understand that by taking on this new responsibility without having discussed it fully with your family will put you and them at risk?”… “Yes, but I believe it is too good to pass up right now”…

“I know he says he loves you but you realize that his commitment to this relationship has been shaky and it may be God giving you a loving warning to wait a bit longer”… “Yes, but we’ve talked it over and we really feel it is the right decision to get married now”…

“I realize all the benefits in making this major life decision you are considering but you also know that there are some important pieces to this decision that can’t be completely ignored, right?”… “Yes, but the pros far outweigh the cons and it makes sense to do it”…

From here you can add your own scenario. We have all been in this situation, where a decision or direction upon our lives was required and even though there would be challenging, difficult and even negative fallout, we still chose to go forward more out of our own desires and less out of God’s leading.

Samuel obeyed God and explained to them the pitfalls of having a king to lead the people yet their reasoning stated in verse 20 unveils a profound truth…”We want to be like the nations around us.”

Everyone else is doing it why not us? If that person can live in a house like that and drive that kind of car on less of an income than what I make then why is it wrong for me to do it…and there are many more questions like these we all ask at times.

The topics to decide on themselves are not necessarily wrong. It is the way in which we are motivated to make them. Like the children of Israel our decisions are often motivated by what others have or are doing rather than what God wants us to do. This is why phrases like “follow the crowd” or “cattle car” exist because it is the mentality of most people to follow.

Too few will stand alone. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said “It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.”

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