Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about how it’s a bad thing to be a follower. I’ve heard: “you’re a follower”, and “you don’t make your own decisions”. These comments haven’t been pointed directly towards me, but they’ve been aimed at one of my friends. Well I would like to explain to you today, the ways a person should be a follower, and why we as a society are naturally followers.
First of all, what is the definition of a follower? The Merriam-Webster dictionary had two good definitions for it. 1. “one that imitates another” 2. “one that chases”. We see that in the Bible, the apostles were, by definition, followers. They not only followed Jesus around, but they left their lives behind to follow someone who had changed their point of view, and their life. Simon Peter was a fisherman, and when Jesus asked him to leave his work and follow, Simon dropped everything and left it all behind. From then on, he followed Jesus everywhere he went, and followed His teaching until the day he died. That’s the kind of follower we all should be. I use this example of Jesus because that’s a big part of my life. But it could be anything, from a war starting where you have to take sides, or a humanitarian crisis where you are urged by your own conviction to take action. I recently joined the Invisible Children group at Liberty University. From day one in the group I have been working with them to spread the word and to raise money for the rehabilitation center we are trying to build in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is the kind of following we should be doing.
Our society is also a follower society, but most of the time, it’s not in a healthy way. The person calling my friend a follower is also very much so a follower. He thinks he isn’t because he is on leadership, but he is, and I’ll tell you why. Our society as a whole is following. We have become so interested in what others believe that when something new comes out, or something nice is available, we want it. We follow trends on the market because we want others to accept us. We follow politicians, advertisers, social media, television, music, and many others. I’m not trying to put any of these down, but I do think we need to take a step back and realize exactly who and what we follow. Just like on twitter, there’s the follow button. I myself am on twitter so follow me @pinkpanther1122. Haha but I want to warn you, before clicking that button to follow, think about the pros and cons. Why are you wanting to follow a politician, why is this trend in clothing a good choice for you, and why should you allow yourself to listen to this music group. Many times we listen or watch, or follow specific things that go against our own value system. Don’t follow blindly, and don’t be persuaded into something you know you shouldn’t be doing. I must admit, this has happened to me more than once, and later I reap the consequences. But I want to urge you to think about the decisions you take, and the messages you follow and associate your name with. While wearing a certain brand isn’t a big deal, following a certain politician is. You can’t stand with someone that doesn’t believe the same thing as you. Your point of view will change, and unfortunately, your belief system will change also. I urge you to also take action against the wrongs you see in society. I personally am involved in Invisible Children because I see slavery and child soldiers as something that is wrong and should be stopped right now. There are many other issues going on, and I encourage you to take a stand for what you believe, instead of just watching the results!