Words from the Heart for Monday November 15th, 2021
You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice.
Exodus 23:2 (NLT)
Rocks for Toronto was a benefit rock concert that was held at Downsview Park in North Toronto on July 30, 2003. It was also known as “Toronto Rocks”, “Stars 4 SARS”, “SARSStock”, “SARSfest”, “SARS-a-palooza”, the “SARS concert”, or, more descriptively, “The Rolling Stones SARS Benefit Concert”. Organized in just one month, it is estimated to have had between 450,000 and 500,000 people attending the concert. It is the largest outdoor ticketed event in Canadian history, and one of the largest in North American history.
Australian novelist Steve Tolz wrote, “When you were a child, to stop you from following the crowd, you’re assaulted with the line ‘if everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?’ But when you’re an adult and to be different is suddenly a crime, people seem to be saying ‘Hey, everyone else is jumping off a bridge. Why aren’t you?’” This is a really Biblical principle. Exodus 23:2 says “You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice.” The world is jumping off a bridge spiritually. Most people live their lives as though there is no God, no ultimate judge. They live to please themselves, not having any idea that they are jumping off a bridge that has eternal ramifications. Followers of Jesus are called to something altogether different. Don’t buckle to the pressure of the world. We are called to holiness, purity and truth. This is not easy. It takes a commitment to studying God’s word daily in order to understand the principles of the Kingdom of God, and the grace of Jesus to say no to the crowd.
These have been words from the heart.