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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Behind the Bandwagon Effect

If your pastor's or president's character were being smeared by outside accusers, would you and your fellow parishioners jump on the bandwagon, remain silent, or voice your objections? Why? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 550).

There is a driving need  to see oneself as worthy of acceptance. This need at times can even drive us to betray our own innermost convictions. Jumping on the bandwagon can represent one of those times when we are so eager for acceptance and evidentiary worthiness that we censor our best selves. However, we must likewise avoid the flip side of this desperate joiner behavior. We can feel worthy only if other people come groveling to us for our acceptance of them. We bask in a judgmental and prickly nature that gives us a certain rarity and makes us appear approachable only with difficulty and subservience. In other words, we require other people to jump on our bandwagon to find our acceptance.  Both of these tendencies are tragically sad for both indicate an inner ambivalence about our own inherent worthiness.  One of the principal functions of Christianity is to bestow indelible worthiness on individuals through the love of Christ.

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