Peer Pressure (Bad & Good)
You shall not follow a crowd to do evil.
Exodus 23:2 (NKJV)
For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you.
Deuteronomy 23:14 (NKJV)
Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'
1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
That you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.
Romans 1:12 (NIV)
Your peer group can bring life or death to you. For better or worse (yours), close friends matter.
As actors, models and talent for Christ, you enter the fields of entertainment: a moving and quaking epicenter; a rocking and rolling influencer of countless impressionable people.
But remember: you're not just performers. You are disciples and ambassadors. Neither earth nor media is your home. Since your 'Citizenship is in Heaven' (Philippians 3:20), your truest kin are fellow countrymen.
Why? 'No one can serve two masters' (Matthew 6:24). Intimate friendships with non-believers bring dangerous conflicts of interest... which can become dangerous temptations.
Jesus tells us to avoid temptation in the Lord's Prayer (Luke 11:2-4), and in His final Words at the Garden of Gethsemane: 'Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation' (Matthew 26:41).
Choosing to hang around with the wrong crowd (once their goals and values become known to you) is risky... because friends 'rub off' on us
So as diplomatic ambassadors in the foreign land of entertainment, being an active role model is good. Being a passive follower is not.
So here's the plan: love and help EVERYONE. Visit them. Work with them. Be kind to them. Represent your Homeland beautifully, but your closest friends should be insiders.
They are truer peers. The only pressure you'll feel from them are encouraging hands and prayers... holding and lifting you up.
## Peer Pressure (Bad & Good)
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Peer Pressure (Bad & Good) series.