I read about an experiment on human behavior. A control group was instructed to get on the same elevator at various floors, and turn around to face the back of the elevator. By the 5th or 6th floor, the people not in on the experiment decided to turn and face the back as well! As ridiculous as the act was!
Do you know what a serious statement this makes about our nature? And do you know how it applies to many other choices we make in life? There is simply something about feeling alone. We don’t like it!
“If God saved mankind through one man’s obedience, He is still in the business of honoring the remnant!”
How many times did your mother ask: “If Billy jumped off a cliff would you?”
The absurdity of the statement isn’t as extreme as you may think.
Ever heard of a Lemming? While I’m not sure how true it is, it is said that lemmings, (a type of rodent) will run together in packs and plunge into the ocean because, well, “everybody else is doing it”.
We have to be so careful to scrutinize the choices we make, and be certain that we are not just going along with the crowd.
Sometimes I think about certain things that we do or don’t do, that are not only considered normal, but you are abnormal if you are doing something different than the norm. Practices we’ve let others dictate for us, without giving any thought to the reasons or consequences.
Buying bottled water…a minuscule example.
I know, I’ve bought it too! But who would have ever thought, in the days of our grandparents, that you could make a lucrative business bottling and selling water! Over and over it is reported that the bottled water is no cleaner, or healthier than tap water. WHY ARE WE BUYING IT??!!
In short, because everyone else is. Because we allowed someone (media, advertising) to convince us that it was healthier, or trendy, or convenient. And so, we took their word for it and now it’s big business. We spend millions of dollars buying tap water. (BTW, guess what the most popular brand, EVIAN, is spelled backward?) Naive.
(Hmmm…the entrepreneur in me is thinking….air? Could I sell bottled air? 😉
But more serious than water drinking are many other things we’ve just adopted as normal, giving them very little thought. I could list a bunch, but I’d make a lot of people mad 🙂
We are no longer a “thinking people”…to our detriment. Just tell us what everyone else is doing…surely a bunch of people can’t be wrong!
Noah walked a lonely road. When God told him to build an ark, his obedience separated him from every other human being on the planet. NO ONE was believing it was going to rain. It never had. Noah and his family were totally alone. And remember, it took some 120 years for Noah to see the truth that God promised Him.
Has God asked you to build an ark? Are you willing to build in faith? Even if you’re alone? If God saved mankind through one man’s obedience, He is still in the business of honoring the remnant!