Am I Resisting pressures of conformity?
This self-examination is vital, as we are constantly being pressured to follow the ways of this world? “And stop being molded by this system of things,*or this age but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom. 12:2) If we are not careful, we could become disciples of this world’s philosophers or even of its celebrities and sports heroes. (Col. 2:8 “Look out that no one takes you captive* or carries you off as his prey by means of the philosophy and empty deception according to human tradition, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ;” 9 1 John 2:15-17) How can we resist those pressures? (Excerpted: Be compelled by God’s Indescribable free Gift.)
Who has the strongest influence in my life? Who is worthy of imitation? Why be a follower? Why be an imitator? Why be an influencer? Who or what is molding me? And into what shape? (healthy, unhealthy, compassionate, non-compassionate, etc., etc., etc.)
Am I setting myself up as prey?
(personally for me: acquiring “accurate” knowledge helps. Oh, and I pray so as not to become/fall prey!)
Obviously, not all prominent or famous examples of living and doing are worthy of discipleship, votes, allegiance, support, imitation, etc., eh?!