"You shall not follow the masses in doing evil." (Exodus 23:2)
A mob is synonymous with trouble. When a lot of people are doing, accepting, or believing this or that, that's a strong indication it's wrong. This isn't always the case, and shouldn't be applied to everything. It's perfectly fine to join the masses in eating Nutella, or a similar harmless activity. But when it comes to spiritual or modern trends, it is generally a good idea to steer clear of the masses. How often do we see millions standing up for what is right? We are fortunate to see a few thousand, and sometimes not even that.
Sally, Tommy, Ethel, and the whole neighborhood might be doing it, but that doesn't make it right. The number of participants can never make an evil thing good any more than a group of squirrels can make a dandelion an acorn. Your pastor may say this, your friend may say that, but the only voice that matters is God's. Never follow popular opinion unless it lines up with God's Word.
Sometimes the masses follow a trend that is neither right nor wrong. Then it is up to your conscience whether you should follow or stay behind. But never do something you don't want to do, even if it isn't sinful. Everyone might be eating strawberries but you shouldn't eat them if they give you hives. It is sound advice to stick to one's opinions (unless they are sinful). "The way of pleasing men is hard, but blessed are they who please God. He is not a free man who is afraid to think for himself." *
*C.H. Spurgeon, The Complete John Ploughman: Combined Edition of John Ploughman's Talk and John Ploughman's Pictures (Christian Focus Publications, 2007), 185.
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