IS IT WORTH THE PRICE
Most of us are bargain hunters in connection with material things. If we buy an object then find it cheaper down the street, we feel cheated. However, while we feel this way about material things, many of us consider very lightly things of a spiritual nature, and seldom count the cost. With a great many people, popularity is very important. In fact, most of us like popularity. It is nice to be well liked, to be popular, but some make the mistake of seeking popularity at any price.
There are those who feel that it is necessary to sacrifice principles and
convictions in order to be
popular. Many innocent girls have
learned the bitter lesson that popularity was not worth the price that they
paid. Some feel that it is necessary to
be permissive in order to be popular, but this is not really true. A man will respect a woman who demands
respect. And it has been proven many
times that one does not have to sacrifice principles in order
to be popular. A few years ago I read a
story about a Christian girl in
Sometimes, even preachers are guilty of paying too high a price for popularity. There are a few who will close their eyes to the sins of certain people in high places; preach whatever a certain few want to hear; refrain from preaching on anything that condemns anyone, and so the only thing left is little niceties of nothingness. It is always better to be popular with God than with the baser elements of this earth. Also, sometimes, a preacher will play one group in the congregation against another in an attempt to be popular with one particular group. Can God be pleased with such? (See Gal. 1:10). If we will serve God faithfully, we will be popular with Him and with those who really love Him.