“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd.” Exodus 23:2
Moses continues with giving some practical rules on how to live a holy life for God. Now he looks at when a person is in court a person is not to just side with everyone else, but to only judge as to what is the truth in the case.
People do not like to go against the system or a group of people. They like to go with the flow. Very few people like to cause a ripple in the way things are going.
In court cases this can be seen a lot. The majority of the jury feels the judgment should be one way, while one or two people feel it should be the other way. Often the few give in to the majority and judge accordingly, not necessarily the way they see the truth of the situation.
Moses is specifically talking about court cases in this verse. However, it can be applied in many other areas in life. Everywhere a person looks you can see people compromising to a group of people to do or allow sin.
A new movie comes out. It has foul language using God’s name as a curse word in it. It has explicit sexual scenes in it, outside of marriage. The story line is one about sinful actions. Everyone is talking highly of it as though it is a great movie and you must see it. Most people would go see it. They don’t want to stand out as different or be left behind the times.
Do you go and watch it, even though it is wrong and sinful, and against God? Or do you stand strong as a believer in God’s Word and refuse to partake in the sin?
This is just one example of how people follow the crowd. Yet, as a believer, you are to stand out as different. You are to stand as a holy follower of Jesus.
How are you living your life?
Do you follow the crowds?
Or are you following Jesus?
What would Jesus do?
As Moses said, do not follow the crowds in doing wrong.
I pray today that God will reveal to you what is right and wrong; that God will show you when the crowd is going the wrong direction; that God will give you strength to follow Him; and that you will live a life that represents Jesus to this world.