- 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 (NLT)
In so many ways these days, we have become a society of group think. We worry about what others will think of us and we just go along to get along. We see it in business, we see it in social groups, we definitely see it in politics and we even see it in our spiritual endeavors. Humans naturally want to be loved or respected and because of that we so often don't want to rock the boat. Now I'm sure we all can remember the person in a crowd who just wants to upset the apple cart to be noticed and, in some cases the annoyance can adversely impact getting the job done, so operating as a cohesive group is such a situation having common views is certainly understandable. But what about when it comes to something that is critical to the very matter of life and death and we are expected to subjugate our knowledge of truth to a false truth? That puts quite a different impact on things, doesn't it?
Look at the world around us today and we need look no farther than right here in the United States. We have become slaves of political correctness, where truth doesn't matter, only the views that are considered unoffensive to those who push their agenda. It literally ties us up in knots and refuses to look at the real issues and problems, substituting the views of a few select people who think they have all the answers and so many willingly submit themselves to it. Any who have been in a large group exercise know how uncomfortable we can feel when we have a differing point of view, so more often than not we just go along to get along despite that nagging feeling inside that it just isn't right. And the exercise, usually in a corporate setting, is often just a good practical example of how we live in the world today. When we lose our real identity, we remain only a part of ourselves and that in turn can make us miserable without us even realizing consciously any longer that it does.
Contrast that to the faith. God made each of us with unique differing characteristics. And he gave us each differing talents as indicated in the passage above. The only way he wants us identical is in the area of believing in His preeminence as the Creator of us all and the father of our Savior and our Mediator with our Father. Yet, even then, He doesn't force us to do anything. He leaves the ultimate decision up to each of us. It's the group thinkers, those who have bought the false truth of political correctness to replace truth who want to force us to follow their whims, not the wishes of God. If we choose to follow the path they want, we submit ourselves to the consequences of what that entails for us when life is over. If we instead follow truth, we also have consequences to face. The question that we all have to answer in making that decision is which consequences do we prefer and that is an individual question that only we can answer for ourselves. If we have faith and believe, we know in our hearts what the answer is. So, have we as individuals made our choice? All that can be said further is please make it a good one, for the results of the decision will last forever when our limited time here is done. It is just a blip on the timeline of eternity.