Galatians 1:10 10) Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
There are too many people pleasers in the body of Christ, I know because I was once counted among that number. Nice, God fearing people when around fellow believers, but wimpy when out around non-believers. God began to deal with me over ten years ago concerning this.
I found myself sitting around with non-believers nodding my head in agreement with them about things that I knew I did not agree with, things that went against what I was taught in Gods’ word. I was not standing up for what I really believed, just to fit in with the group. Peer pressure, loneliness and low self-esteem are terrible things and have no place in the body of Christ.
The bible tells us in 1 Peter 3:15(NIV)
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
We cannot let ourselves be backed into the corner of compromise just so that we don’t “rock the boat” when we are around non-believers.
We can’t try and please man and serve God, it won’t work. We must as believers stand on Gods’ word, say what we mean and mean what we say, seasoning our words with salt, and this way we can please and serve God, and at the same time maybe influence a few men to follow us as we follow Christ.
We can’t continue to pretend that we are true believers when we are easily influenced to change our views and opinions. we must forever stand by what we believe and what we say.