This verse reminded me of the old saying, “monkey see, monkey do” which then led me into researching mob mentality. Mob, herd, or pack mentality describes how people can be influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors on a largely emotional, rather than rational basis. Just as sheep blindly follow the flock no matter where they go just because that’s what the flock is doing, people tend to take up the behaviors of people around them. (Think of a big sporting event with lots of alcohol and passionate fans.) In a large mob, personal responsibility wanes as we lose self-awareness and we become more willing to engage in dangerous/risky behaviors. Also in a large group there’s more physical anonymity which can lead to the lax of social inhibitions. But this verse tells us not to imitate what we know is not right…rather, to say No and not apologize for our decision. For just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right.
Revelation 2:3 reminds us during this difficult and unprecedented time, “You have persevered and have endured hardships for My name, and have not grown weary.” But let’s just admit it, we are all becoming physically and mentally drained from the barrage of news about the corona virus. We are weary psychologically from sheltering in place…alone and isolated from family and friends. We are becoming exhausted and irritable from having everyone in the household cooped up together. Paul encouraged the people of Galatia when he wrote, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) This is not the time of discouragement for the Believer…for the world is desperately looking for hope…and you have that hope within you to give… it’s called the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!