For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. Galatians 2:12
Appearance plays an important part of the lives of many people. People will say and do things to appear to agree with those around them, even if it goes against their own personal beliefs.
This double-standard of living is being done to prevent losing of friends or acceptance. They want to please certain people, at all costs.
Paul talks of a man who had been willing to eat with uncircumcised believers until some circumcised believers came around. Then they changed their attitude towards the uncircumcised.
Many believers will claim and believe certain things while they are in church and among like believers. As soon as someone comes along of a different view, they will drop what they believe and act the new way. Instead of loving everyone and remaining the same, they change.
This type of double-standard is often seen in members of churches and it pushes many people away from the church. It is seen as hypocrisy. Jesus loved everyone, but never changed Himself to their level of living. He was holy and perfect, regardless of what others said or did.
Every believer must live their life as Jesus lived His life. They must be the same, regardless of whom they are around. Changes should never be made to just fit in and please some.
There will always be some people who will not agree with a way of living. When a person continues to change to be accepted, he will no longer live by any standard. He will neither be hot or cold towards God, and will be spit out by God.
As a believer, you will have times that there will be some who believe or act differently than you. Do not allow yourself to be persuaded to keep changing how you live for God.
Know what God has shown you in His scriptures and live that way. Do not become hypocritical and change your ways just to please others.
Live your life for God, not for man. Let God’s light shine in and through you to a dark world. Be among the world, but not of the world and its corrupt ways.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live; that you will live for God among all people; that you will not change your ways just to please people; and that you will be witness of who Jesus is.