Careful the Company You Keep
“14While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment. ‘This man,’ they charged, ‘is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law’… 15b‘I will not judge of such things.’ 16So he drove them off. 17Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatsoever.” – Acts 19:14, 15b-17
The crowd is a fickle fellow. At once it will both love and hate you. I have found myself seeking the approval of the crowd before. We don’t want to stand out, at least not for anything different. And yet we have this savior that stood in the face of the status quo and judged their actions calling them snakes and evil doers. He was not one to agree with the crowd or to follow the majority. No, Jesus stood for what was right, always, no matter what it costed him.
However, Christ had compassion upon the crowds and the masses. Just because we are not supposed to stand with the crowd doesn’t mean we are different or have less compassion upon the crowd. We can pray for them, share Jesus with them and love them. But we are not supposed to become a part of them.
The problem with the crowd is never knowing when you will become the scapegoat. Here it was Sosthenes, as he riled the crowd up. The problem was when things did not go their way, they devoured him and destroyed him. You see, the crowd has no love for what is right, only for what is popular. It has no concern for you only for itself.
Christ, will never turn from you when you accept Him. He is not fickle like the crowd but loves unconditionally. When things are not going the way He wants, he does not turn and devour you. No, He gently turns you upon the paths of righteousness. He will never lead you into harm but only into eternal life. Choose today, Jesus or the Crowd, Life or Death.
Peace Be With You,