19:32 Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together...
35 And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus? 36 Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly. 37 For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess. 38 Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. 39 But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly. 40 For we are in danger of being called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.” 41 And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.
Group think, the mob mentality is a strange phenomenon. History says we can get swept up in it pretty quickly and easily. Suddenly we find ourselves part of a mass of people all headed in the same direction and maybe we're not even sure why.
Take homosexuality for example. When I was a kid the masses all agreed it was wrong and anyone who didn't think so was a freak. Now the pendulum has swung and the majority think anyone who has an issue with it is a narrow minded bigot or a religious nut. However I'm quite certain most people "back in the day" could not have given a reasoned explanation for their position and I'm quite certain the same holds true today.
It seems every culture has a tipping point where something that was perceived as evil or wrong or taboo suddenly almost overnight becomes perfectly normal, acceptable, and common. Tatoos are another recent example in our culture.
All this phenomenon demonstrates is that too many of us have no mind of our own. We don't wear the clothes we like. We wear what current fashion dictates is nice. It's easy to spot a free thinker. They don't blend in. They aren't part of the uniform masses.
Did you note that the crowd once in the theater were screaming different things because they weren't even sure why they were rioting? They became this mass of people all moving in the same direction but when they reached their destination they weren't even certain why they had come. Finally when the city clerk addressed the crowd he pointed out to them that if they had to give a reason I'm a court of law for the public disturbance they had created they wouldn't have been able to.
The lesson? Where are you? Why are you there? What do you believe and why do you believe it? What is your compass for distinguishing between right and wrong? Are you your own person? Do you think independently from the crowd?
Consider this quote: "If everyone is thinking the same it's likely no one is thinking at all." - Benjamin Franklin
When it comes to thinking I know one thing for certain. God thought enough about you to send His Only Son to your rescue.