The Pull of Peer Pressure

“Throw in your lot with us, and we’ll all share our money” – My son, don’t travel that road with them or set foot on their path, because their feet run toward trouble and they hurry to commit murder. Proverbs 1:14-16 HCSB

As a student pastor I witnessed many teenagers who were enticed and followed the road of peer pressure. It is hard to resist the pressure of friends encouraging one to participate in an activity. They promise fun and fulfillment but it often brings pain and destruction. We all want to be accepted and be a part of the group. Many will do just about anything to be included and feel accepted.

Solomon warns that when one feels the pressure to follow the crowd he should run the other direction because that road will only lead to destruction and death. One should study God’s Word and seek God’s direction in life to resist the temptations that often comes from acquaintances.

Challenge: The music group Casting Crowns has a song titled “Slow Fade” that says, “Be careful little eyes what you see; Be careful little feet where you go; Be careful little ears what you hear; Be careful little lips what you say; Black and white turns to gray; When you give yourself away there is a price to be paid.” Peer pressure is like quicksand or a sink hole that opens up and pulls you in. Before you know it, you are trapped and can not get out. Listen to the song on YouTube at

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