- Would you have picked the line that everyone else in the experiment did? Why or why not?
- Name one place in your life where your actions & your beliefs conformed to the people around you.
- Are your actions and beliefs yours? Or are they the mob’s? Take some time to think on this or discuss with those around you.
- Do you have any friendships that were made based on similar opinions? Looking back, did you come to that relationship with your own beliefs, or conform to theirs in order to establish the friendship?
- What are a few different “mobs” that you are a part of? (does not have to be political, or anything involving 2020)
Read both passages looking for the stark difference between the two mob mentalities:
- Luke 19:36-38 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”
- Luke 23:18-24 Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, “Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas was in prison for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government, and for murder.) Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus. But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” For the third time he demanded, “Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.” But the mob shouted louder and louder, demanding that Jesus be crucified, and their voices prevailed. So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded.
The first mob called for Jesus to be King, while the second mob, just five days later, called for Him to be crucified. This is proof that it is too easy to follow a crowd of any kind. As you read these passages, be reminded of how tempting and easy it is to follow one trend/mob one day, only to follow a completely different one the next. Without being conformed to Jesus, we may find ourselves conformed to things we never would have intended to be in the first place.
Make The Change
- Think through the groups you belong to and beliefs you attach yourself to. Are you aligned with those things because of your own beliefs, or because you were heavily influenced by others?
- Start the process of conforming to Jesus in your life. Spend daily time:
- Talking to Jesus
- Loving other people like Jesus
- Thinking like Jesus