Do you know that most people tend to follow the people they hang around? Do you know that people are more likely to engage in group think than they are to be independent thinkers even if it means they have to change or adapt what they believe to be accepted (Goldman & Hogg, 2016)? To me that is scary.
If God wanted us all to think the same, to be the same, and to act the same, He would have made us robots. He didn’t. He created us with unique personalities, ideas, and attitudes that I think likely reflect His own multi-faceted nature because He created us in His image. It is a shame when anyone tries to be something they were not created to be just to have other people accept them.
I Corinthians 15:33 (ESV) states, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” You will become like who you hang around. It is inevitable. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Do not be deceived about it! As the old saying goes, “One bad apple can spoil the bunch.” Make it your goal no matter what is going on around you that you are the influencer and not the influenced. You be the one who models good behavior no matter what. Don’t let others influence you to forget who you are and to Whom you belong! After all, God created you for His own purpose and His own reason building into you a reflection of Who He is. To try to be like everyone else, to try to think like everyone else, and to try to live like everyone else is like telling God that He made a mistake. Be the person God created you to be and not who everyone else thinks you should be.
Goldman, L., & Hogg, M. A. (2016). Going to extremes for one’s group: The role of prototypicality and group acceptance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46(9), 544-533.