by Eddie Snipes

Unity Vs. Group Think
Eddie Snipes

One of the most powerful tools in the enemy's arsenal is Group Think. There is a big difference between Group Think and Unity and it is just as much the Christian's responsibility to avoid Group Think as it is to be unified. The Bible does NOT teach unity at all cost. It takes more love to rebuke than it does to allow fellow believers to continue in error. Proverbs 27:5 states it well when the Bible says that open rebuke is better than concealed love. Rebuke is not an ugly word -- though it can be. Ultimately the foundation of every action in the Christian's life is based on faith in God, His word and love. Rebuke can be hateful, but that is not godly rebuke. True rebuke is a pleading of the heart that desires the best for another person.

Let's take a moment to define Unity and Group Think.

Group Think is based on peer pressure. Peer pressure does not end when we leave high school; in fact, the church can be one of the greatest sources of peer pressure most people will encounter. We experience peer pressure in every area where social encounters are present. How we feel that we are perceived among our peers also affects how we view ourselves. We do not like to feel like the odd man out. Group think is the affect of peer pressure directly dictating our opinions, viewpoints, actions and unwillingness to take action. Group think is when we allow the group of people in which we are influenced by to think for us. When a person submits to Group Think, they will accept the ideas of the group even when it goes against thier better judgment.

Asch's experiment is a great example of this. In 1951 a psychologist named Solomon Asch conducted an experiment to prove that peer pressure could cause individuals to make a false statement even when the truth was irrefutable. He created a classroom test with 10 students at a time using a card with three lines printed on it -- two short and one line that was clearly longer. The test was t ...

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