“What’s the big deal? Everyone else is doing it.”
It’s a common argument, but, to be honest, this statement doesn’t make any sense. Who exactly is “everyone else”? How can you be sure that “everyone else” is actually doing it? And how can you be sure that “everyone else” even know what they’re doing?
No one really thinks about these things when they say it. They probably don’t even care if what they’re saying makes sense. They just want to justify what they’re doing, or fit in. Probably both. And they think that, since “everyone else” is doing it, no one will really care if they do it, right?
That may apply to the rest of the world, but it can never apply to us as Christians. We are not the rest of the world. We are not like everybody else. Our goal in life isn’t to fit in or to please others. Instead, we should be striving to honor God with our lives and sharing His love with others.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
God’s great plan for us isn’t to be like everybody else. He wants us to be unique.
Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. (Philippians 1:27)
We are citizens of heaven, and, according to the verse above, we should act like it. Don’t base your decisions on whether or not it’s the “popular thing”. Study the Scripture. Spend time in prayer. Be set apart, not just another face in the crowd.