Going against the crowd


Back in the early 1970’s the country was going through a tough time with the Vietnam war. Many towns were experiencing protest and riots, some of them turned violent. The closest I ever came to a riot was when I was going to college in Pittsburgh, Ks. I had been to the library that night studying and then I returned to the dorm and went to bed. When I woke the next morning I saw that there was a lot of trash on the ground and the news had some photos of the damage that was done the night before. As I talked to some of those who seemed to know what had gone on I learned how peaceful students could turn so destructive. I was told that those who organized the protest would come into a community, often college towns or depressed communities, to get the people stirred up to a fever pitch. When the crowd started to become active the organizers would leave town so they would not be arrested. There was almost always some arrests but seldom any of the organizers. It is amazing how often just a few people can be vocal enough to motivate a large group. When the crowd called for the crucifixion of Jesus it was not the crowd but a few well place leaders that called for His crucifixion, and by nature the crowd joined in. I have seen in todays society when a few can belittle others into silence. A friend was for us to go against these small groups and to know what is the correct path to follow. We have these words in Proverbs 16:25 KJV There is a way that seem+eth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. When we look to our own understanding we often find that we have not gone in the best way. We often look back on the decisions we have made and wonder what if. What if I studied more, dated someone else, chose another job path? Would things have been better if I made a better chose? Who would know better what our best path is tha commenting on a documentary, sharing the facts that were brought out, and another worker belittled him with non facts. We have had people called “UnAmerican” because they do not agree with a policy that is being put forth. We have those who would picket the funerals of fallen soldier, and in response, others call for the picketing at other funerals. (the picketing of a funeral goes against the grain for me especially one who lost his life to give me freedom.) We have been a nation that has been ruled by small groups weather it be politics, health, education, monetary or religion. It is difficultn the God who knows the future? In Romans 12:2 KJV. it tell us that we are not to be conformed to this world: but are transformed by the renewing of our mind, that we may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God is. God will direct our way. and God’s way will always be better than our way of life. John 16:13 KJV Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come , he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear , that shall he speak : and he will shew you things to come .Often this will mean that we will have to go against what the vocal minority tell us to do. More often that not, we will find that as we are guided by God we becone stable in our ways and the people around us will take notice.

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About havejesuswillshare

Nazarene Minister, work with senior adults
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