Have you ever felt pressured to do something you didn’t really want to do? Maybe your heart began to beat a little faster while everything else around you seemed to slow down. Or maybe you got butterflies in your stomach as your temples started to pound. Whatever the case, it’s never fun being forced into making split-second decisions. That’s exactly what peer pressure does. It makes you decide whether you should stick with your values and beliefs or ditch them for the moment. Peer pressure always seems to come at the most unexpected time, and places a spotlight directly on you.
Imagine being at the mall with your friends. Everyone’s hanging out, having a good time, when all of a sudden you notice your friend peeling the price tag off a tube of lip gloss and sticking it in her purse. She catches you looking, then encourages you to do the same. What do you do? She seems to have a valid argument. Maybe you won’t get caught. Who’s to say you didn’t already have that same lip gloss when you walked in the store?
Peer pressure has affected generation after generation since the beginning of time. In Genesis 3:1-7, we see Eve being pressured by the serpent into eating the forbidden fruit. It wasn’t enough for Eve to give in to the pressure, but she then pressured her husband into doing so as well. Their disobedience didn’t go unpunished. Eating the fruit caused them to feel something they’ve never felt before. Shame.
We give in to peer pressure for all sorts of reasons. We drink so that we fit in, or have sex to feel validated. If you’re being pressured to do things that you know are wrong, ask yourself what are your “friends” motives for wanting you to do these things? So they can feel better about themselves? Think about how you’ll feel later, and ask yourself “Is it worth it?” Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character -1Corinthians 15:33 NIV