Popularity

A man’s home was being overrun with mice.  There were so many mice that setting traps just wasn’t getting the job done.  So, he decided to go with the poison route.  He set out a box of poisonous food the mice would find very tasty.  That night there was a feeding frenzy.  The mice completely overwhelmed the food and cleaned out the box by morning.  The homeowner put out a second box and the same event unfolded the next night.  After that night the man’s house remained quite and free of mice.  This poisonous food ended up being so popular that it brought about a feeding frenzy and killed off all of the mice.

Why was this poisonous food so appealing?  It looked good, smelled delicious, and tasted great.  But beyond all this, it became “popular.”  As a few mice discovered the food and how tasty it was, soon every mouse in the area wanted to eat it as well.  Then a feeding frenzy occurred.  This is when all of the mice want the food so badly that they compete, fight, and swarm all over just to get one little morsel (similar to piranhas).  The result of this popularity was death.

Popularity can be quite dangerous in our culture.  The reason is because the things that are popular can also be toxic.  We follow today’s trends, fads, and worldly mindsets so willingly because that is what is popular.  The problem is, these popular items are typically interlaced with poisonous aspects like lust, greed, lies, immodesty, drunkenness, and the list goes on and on.  Just think about today’s popular movies, TV shows, music, video games, party “activities,” clothing trends, etc.  Our culture is constantly sending us messages about what we “need” to look like, be like, and own.  Just like the mice, when we see other people “enjoying” something, we become jealous and want some of the pleasure for ourselves.  The result is that we consume some of the poison our world offers us simply because it is popular.

As Christ said in Luke 9:25, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”  The things that are popular in this life are many times the things that cause us to forfeit our souls in the next life.  May we also keep in mind that “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33).  No matter what our friends, our culture, or anyone else says is “cool” and “popular,” if it is against Scripture then it just isn’t worth it.  May we always seek to be popular in God’s eyes, not our culture’s.

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