Resist Following the Multitude

When ordinances and instructions were being given to the children of Israel, they were cautioned to avoid the multitude. God spoke through Moses to warn, "Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil" (Exodus 23:2). Our Lord taught that same caution when he gave His simple, yet profound, teachings on the mount about the two paths. His conclusion was that man travels one of the two. There is the broad gate with an easy pathway entered into and traveled by the majority of the populace. The narrow gate with the "straight" or difficult way will be found and enjoyed by only a few (Matthew 7:13-14).

The story is told of an ordinary housefly that had daily avoided a dangerous spider web in the corner of the dining room. Each day the spider would entice the fly to rest on his web, telling it, "I mean no harm. I just want a friend, someone to talk to. Please land on my web and rest your weary wings." "Oh no," said the little fly. "I don't trust you. I know what you are and I know what you do to little flies like me."

So off the fly flew. As he flew into the kitchen, he saw dozens of flies having the time of their life. They appeared as though they were dancing and having such a good time, so he decided to join them. Just before landing, another fly said, "Be careful! Don’t land there. Don't you know that's flypaper and it's very dangerous?" The little fly said, "Oh no, that can't be dangerous. Just look around at how many flies are there and what a good time they're having, dancing around so." And the poor little fly followed the multitude of other flies, and lost his life. Just what profit was it for the fly to escape the spider web just to become ensnared by the glue?

The Bible is replete with examples of people who naively marched to the rhythm of a crowd out of step. Men lacking integrity and who followed an agenda that led to the death of the Lord, influenced Judas. Peter was caused to deny the Lord to appeal to those who were threatening the life and ministry of Jesus. The Children of Israel longed for a king like their neighboring nations thinking it would bring notoriety and recognition to them. It would have been easy when the Lord was being crucified to have listened to the mob's voice rather than listen to their conscience about Jesus' innocence. Pilate was influenced by the voice of the people to release Jesus to the mob's custody because he was "willing to content the people" (Mark 15:15).

Let us not be another victim!                                                     by Mike King

In the blink of an eye, everything can change.
So forgive often and love with all your heart.
You may never have that chance again.

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