In grade school, I curled my bangs. I created a “poof” and then sprayed half-a-can of hairspray to keep it from collapsing.
Fitting into high school fashion, I rolled my jeans cuffs really tight and wore my socks up tight to my jeans. The style was important, and I was going to fit in.
What about you? Remember the clothes or hairstyles you wore in order to be accepted?
Peer pressure doesn’t go away as soon as we toss our graduation cap, does it?
How many of us are wearing athletic clothes around the house, yet we haven’t been to the gym nor exercised in a few weeks? Or those infinity scarfs which feel like they could strangle us any minute?
Peer pressure is real even in your adult life.
It’s hard to keep a distance from culture, isn’t it? Without even paying attention, culture seems to rub off on us like grease we find on our clothes. Where did that come from? Or maybe that’s just me.
The more we become of the world, the less we become like God.
The woman who conforms to culture circumvents her faith.
Culture versus God
Where does culture oppose God?
- Culture says me vs. others
- Pleasure vs. Purpose
- Whatever vs. Ten Commandments
- Now vs. Perseverance
- Death vs. Eternal Life
- Changing vs. Steadfast
It’s easy to combat peer pressure when we’re in a close relationship with our Savior.
Peer pressure can overcome our faith when we encounter problems.
Peer Pressure Pinned Herod
In the book of Mark, the Bible shows us the strength of peer pressure.
Herod knew John was a holy man, and he liked to listen to John. John taught in a way which caused Herod to ponder and think. Herod was developing an affinity to John, but as we see, it was quickly lost.
“Ask me for anything you like,” the king said to the girl, “and I will give it to you.” 23 He even vowed, “I will give you whatever you ask, up to half my kingdom!”
24 She went out and asked her mother, “What should I ask for?”
Her mother told her, “Ask for the head of John the Baptist!”
25 So the girl hurried back to the king and told him, “I want the head of John the Baptist, right now, on a tray!” ( Mark 6:22-25, NLT).
Herod fell into the trap of peer pressure. If Herod had listened to John the Baptist longer, seeds of faith could have been planted. He was intrigued with John’s teachings, yet he wanted to fit in with his crowd.
What does pressure from Christ cause us to find?
Our kingdom purpose
Progression to the image of God
Hearts set on eternal perspective
Discovery of joy and hope in this world of continuous problems
Happiness by living with a humble, grateful heart glued to Christ
Here’s the deal: in order to have stronger “Christ Pressure,” we need to intentionally find Christ every day.
We need to make the choice to immerse ourselves in His Word, invest in God’s thoughts, and follow His example for living.
Let us not fall for the styles and living of culture, rather live in the style that will never go out of fashion. We can find it in the Bible. I assure you those styles are going to last for eternity!