EVERYBODY ELSE IS ...
The title “Everybody else is” is a statement too often heard from an immature child while trying to convince their parents to allow him or her to do what everybody else is doing, sound familiar? Well sadly this attitude or line of thinking has led to the insurmountable number of religious denominations in the world as well as the reasoning some immature Christians use to justify crossing the boundaries God has set forth in his word.
We rationalize, “Everyone else is” going to that once in a lifetime party where we know sin may lurk.” “Everyone else is” wearing revealing or immodest clothing, justification, it’s the latest fashion. “Everyone else is” lying just a little bit on their taxes, justification, Uncle Sam won’t miss it. God told His people long ago, “You shall not follow a crowd to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). When everyone else was bowing down to the golden image king Nebuchadnezzar built and erected, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to do so. The result was they were cast into the fiery furnace, but the Lord was with them (Daniel 3).
We must be very careful not to allow ourselves to be conformed to what everyone else in this wicked world is doing (Romans 12:1-2). God doesn’t want us to be different just for the sake of being different. We are to be different because we belong to a holy God whose ways are different than that of this world. My mom used to ask, “What if everyone else jumped off a bridge?” The fact of the matter is the path to destruction is paved with what everybody else is doing. Only the righteous will find eternal life in heaven and “everyone else is” destined to eternal punishment (John 5:29).