Going along with the crowd

But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. 14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? Galatians 2:11-14

Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. 57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. 58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. 59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. 60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. 61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. Luke 22:54-62

In these two passages, Peter went along with the crowd. He did not stand up and do what was right. Rather, he let his fears grip him and his fears caused him to try to do what was acceptable in the sight of the crowd. Notice though the end of his actions in Luke 22:62: he went out and wept bitterly. When we go along with the crowd and do that which is wrong, we may think we can get away with it because everyone else is doing it. We may think our actions may be hidden from view because we blend in with the crowd. However, even though man may not see us, the Lord sees everything. Notice in Luke 22:61, immediately the Lord looked upon Peter. Peter did not get away with it. He couldn’t use the excuse that everyone else was doing it. God sees our every action. We cannot get away with it. It is never right to go along with the crowd to do wrong.

God is looking for someone who will do what is right no matter what. Even when the crowd is doing wrong, God wants us to do right. Don’t go with the flow; go with what you know is right. Jesus is looking.

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