Website owner: James Miller
The need for social acceptance and approval. It is a very big force in this world. It accounts for a great deal of what people do and why they do it. Like what? - Children (both young children and teenagers) do a great many things out of the desire to be accepted by their peers. It is called "peer pressure". They swear, tell dirty stories, smoke cigarettes, use drugs, drink alcohol, engage in premarital sex, steal, commit acts of vandalism, and do many other things just to be accepted by those whose friendship they value. Peer pressure even dictates the kind of clothes they must wear and the way their hair must be cut. - Adults do many things out of the desire for the acceptance and approval of their peers. They swear, drink, smoke, use drugs, tell dirty stories, etc. just to be one of the gang --- just to be accepted. They follow the latest fads, wear the latest fashion in clothing, cut their hair according to the latest cut. Some even choose their ideas and opinions according to the latest fashion. And it is all done for the regard, acceptance and approval of others. From all this we see that the need for social acceptance and approval is one of the Devil's most effective tools. He blackmails us. If we won't follow along and go his way we suffer the consequences. If we won't conform to the perverse mind of the crowd, go along with it, we will be rejected, ostracized, and ridiculed. The choice is either to follow our conscience, to follow what we down deep in our heart know is right, or to follow the crowd. We have to decide. And Satan gives us that choice at a very young age. And he brings strong pressure to bear to influence our choice. In no age group is it popular to be "too straight" --- people who are "too straight" can expect to be rejected, scorned and made fun of. Most people, in one way or another, give in to this inexorable force and go along. Oct 1977 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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