ON CHRIS­TIAN­ITY

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - BILLY GRA­HAM bil­ly­gra­ham.org

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I al­ways plan to do the right thing, but then my friends get hold of me and talk me into do­ing things I know are wrong, and I just give in. Why am I such a weak per­son? God must be very up­set with me.

— M.L. DEAR M.L.: I sus­pect most of us have given in to the pres­sure of the crowd, and ended up do­ing things we knew were wrong — or at least un­wise. But that doesn’t ex­cuse it or make it right, and I’m glad you’re con­cerned about this. The Bi­ble warns, “Do not fol­low the crowd in do­ing wrong. … Do not per­vert jus­tice by sid­ing with the crowd” (Ex­o­dus 23:2).

Have you ever stopped to ask your­self why you give in so eas­ily? One rea­son may be be­cause it’s sim­ply eas­ier to go along with the crowd. It takes courage to stand against what ev­ery­one else is do­ing. But if oth­ers are urg­ing you to do wrong, are they re­ally your friends? No, they aren’t, be­cause they don’t have your best in­ter­ests at heart. The Bi­ble says, “One who has un­re­li­able friends soon comes to ruin” (Proverbs 18:24).

But I sus­pect there is an­other rea­son why you go along with the crowd: You don’t want to be re­jected. In­stead, you want them to like you and ac­cept you, and you’re afraid that they won’t, if you refuse to go along with them.

What can you do? Be­gin by turn­ing to Je­sus Christ and giv­ing your life to Him. You need His strength, and also need new friends who can help you fol­low Christ in­stead of the crowd. God loves you, and when you come to Christ you be­come part of His fam­ily for­ever. Once you un­der­stand how much He loves you, you’ll never worry about the crowd’s ap­proval again. Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at

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