“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment.” (Ex 23: 2)
Cultural phenomenon has broad and ever changing definitions quite simply due to its ever changing nature. What is popular today will be forgotten tomorrow. This generation, more than any in history has come to believe that a popular movement, notion or practice is given credence and substance by the sheer number of people that have chosen to accept it, adhere to it, or adopt it as their own.
Using the popularity of any matter to give it credence is a mistake that seems to be part and parcel of this generation. What sweeps is for keeps, is an idea that has slipped in or ‘crept in’ on this generation and not many have taken notice.
We feed ourselves with, best-selling books, American idols, mega-church pastors and movements, popular celebrities; craze purchasing, nascent explanations of old standards and general nonsense re-packaging. Sadly it works; many get onboard of the latest only because it is – ‘the latest.’
When the latest and greatest comes along espoused by some "expert" or "scholarly research" that contradicts long held standards or practices that have been proven right over time, far too many jump on the "newly discovered knowledge" with total abandon. Too many are quick to rush head long into the latest popular teaching without any regard to historical precedence and especially biblical tenets. Even long held moral standards are all too easily discarded upon the arrival of the latest scientific paper, or scholarly article written or posted.
When its not a new found source for truth that sweeps into popularity it is often the discovery that the strictness of the Bible does not allow for modern notions of inclusion or political correctness.
When whole churches or denominations change God’s word to fit their ideas on inclusion and popular notions we are entering into the well prophesied ‘apostasy’ (falling away) that the Bible so clearly warns us about. It is one of the last things to happen before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The recent vote of the Presbyterian Church USA is, but one example of mass changes in church polity that illustrates the new push to apostasy, but the 1.8 million Presbyterians who voted for accepting “gay marriage’ are now part of the very fulfilment of Christ’s words – itself an all-encompassing prophecy. To wit:
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” (Mt 7: 13)
Following the crowd may lead you straight to hell. But then again what do I know since I am a member of a small group. Now if I could get a million likes on Facebook then the world would take notice.
Funny the bible is still the best selling book of all time, and yet for some reason it seems not too many actually take the time to read it and even less actually listen to what it has to say. I guess the crowd is not so large after all.
And that is the way I see it. What say you?