The World Tells You "You Must Follow Everybody Else" but the Bible Says "You Must Become Like Christ!"
People say, "Well look at everyone. Just act like them and you are in the right." It is that kind of thinking that really sets the Christians apart from the world. People just want to go with the flow because they do not want to be left out with the world. Parents tend to spend too much in making sure their children fit in with the popular crowd rather than make sure their children live right. Many end up doing premarital sex and adultery because it has become more and more accepted. But no matter how you put it, what is right and wrong is never determined by popularity.
But the Bible has a very different message for the Christian. Romans 12:2 says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." It is very easy to say, "But that will not make me popular." Like it or not, popularity is fickle and it does not change what is right and wrong. Jesus became popular when He performed miracles but the moment He spoke His Father's message, people later wanted Him dead. The Pharisees only cared about popularity and never about sanctity. Jesus being the Son of God did not care about popularity but only what the Father wanted Him to accomplish. Him being the Second Person in God Almighty would accomplish His mission and not compromise with the sinful crowd of today.
Christians are told to dare to be different with their holiness. Titus 2:14 says, "Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Christians are redeemed not to fit to the world but to be a peculiar people and not to belong to the world. There is no way that a follower of Christ can be a friend of both the world and of God. When it comes to the world or God, John 15:18-19 and James 4:4 shows that either you are of the world or you are of God. When you are a friend of the world you are not saved. When you are saved expect the whole world to go against you. Because salvation cannot be lost then the Christian can only expect more and more persecution, more rejection but they can expect to stand firm by the grace of God.
Do what the crowd does is what the Devil wants you to do because it brings people to Hell eventually. Do you know that God does not change His mind because most people choose to go against the truth? Salvation has never been about the majority deciding how it will be but God deciding how it will be. Matthew 7:13-14 warns, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." People can go ahead and say it is bigotry and stupidity but God made those rules. I can imagine what if people told God on Judgment Day that He is unfair and a bigot but that will not change His mind a bit about that.
The question is to all who just want to follow the world instead of God, "When do you want your fire oh sinner? Now or later?"