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Going Against Public Opinion

We live in a society filled with political correctness. It seems, at times, our leaders would rather please the few than go on record to do the right thing. What’s worse is when men and women who profess faith in Jesus are willing to go against what they know is true based on the word of God.

We must maintain our focus on the ultimate goal in life, to live as Christ would even when it goes against societal norms. It does the cause of Christ no good to pick a fight with those who believe differently than us. Can we have a rational discussion with those who believe differently than us, certainly, but leave the petty bickering to others.

As you walk through your day, evaluate the state of your faith and the path you have chosen. Is your road the one the Lord has planned for you and does it glorify Him? If not, then a heading change is in order.


Going Against Public Opinion
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman

“On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, ‘No! He is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘There is no one among your relatives who has that name.'” (Luke 1:59-61).

Have you ever had to go against public opinion or advice from family members or peers? Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist. It was time to name the child. Tradition said the name would be in honor of a family member. The family members were insistent. When Elizabeth didn’t agree with them, they appealed to Zechariah who supported Elizabeth.

Zechariah was told by the angel Gabriel the name was to be “John.” They were being obedient to the Lord’s command which went against tradition and public opinion.

We live in a day when leaders are often driven more by public opinion than what is right. We are each called to live a life based on obedience-based decisions, not public opinion. Living a life of obedience will often go against the tide of public opinion. Jesus lived a life based on a purity of purpose and mission. The Pharisees wanted Him to conform to the rules of religious tradition. The result was He died because He lived to obey an audience of One, not public opinion.

Are you challenged to live a life of conviction versus pleasing others? Be true to what God has called you to do no matter the cost.

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