“The Mob Mentality”
We have seen a lot of the mob mentality lately, it is not a pretty sight. Usually, when this happens, you have people who stir the pot and then stand back getting a kick out of all the destruction and in a way receive a power rush.
The organizers themselves are usually not a part of the mob, they are in the background spouting hateful rhetoric and perhaps throwing stuff from the outer edges. They are at a place where they are somewhat safe but inciting others to do dangerous things.
This mentality is not new. Paul and the early Church ran into it a lot.
Please read the following verses.
23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen.
25 He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”
28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. 30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. 31 Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.
32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. 33 The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. 34 But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
You see in this instance, Demetris was the stirrer of the pot, and verse 32 is key about the ones doing the rioting.
Acts 19:32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.
May we all stay out of situations where the mob mentality rules.
Instead, we have a Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gathers us together to do His works that were given to believers to do.
When we gather as a “mob”, may it always be to bring Glory, Honor, and Praise to the Lord our God.
Be Blest, Be a Blessing