Everyone is following something or someone. You are following some kind of teaching or perhaps a code, whether it be the teachings of Jesus Christ, Buddha, Muhammad, or a generic moral code of ethics. It is innate.
In the United States of America, the choice of whom or what to follow is yours (for now anyway), but make no mistake. You’re following. I’ve heard people say, I don’t follow anyone. I make my own decisions. I’m my own person. I don’t believe in anything. When I die, I am buried, and that’s it. They also say, I don’t trust the government or anyone else except myself. Okay. But that still means you’re following. You’re following yourself. Your self-code. Where did that code come from?
Look. When all is said and done, there are only 2 choices. You’re either following good, or you’re following evil. You can’t serve 2 masters. I mean, you can try, but you’ll fail. At some point, serving 2 completely different masters would make you crazy; you’d give up and eventually pick one. Even in Hollywood, the largest grossing movies that are made (or were made) are the ones which tackle the subject of good vs evil. Why? Because most people want to watch good win over evil (with a lot of special effects thrown in). They’re the movies that sell.
The sad part about this is that some of us think we’re following good, when in reality, we’re really following evil. We say, I’m basically a good person. I don’t gossip much. I go to virtual church every Sunday. I give to the poor. I don’t cheat on my taxes. I’m not racist. I volunteer at church. I’m nice to people. This might be extreme, but wouldn’t we all agree that Adolf Hitler was following evil for killing mass amounts of Jewish people? If alive and on trial, he’d say he was basically a good person under the guise of social reform. Another equally evil person who also believed he was basically good (except for this one little flaw) was Ted Bundy, an evil man who killed women under the guise of ridding the world of manipulative women; the old if you only knew what my mother did to me scenario.
If you look at the state of affairs of our country or even of the world, wouldn’t you say that it’s becoming more evil by the minute? Things are upside down. What do we do? How do we fix it? What used to be wrong is now right, and what used to be right is now wrong. How do we know the difference? There are all kinds of nice people out there who are preaching the opposite of what our good consciences have been telling us for generations. Are you screaming yet? Listen. The only way to know what to do is so simple. All of the answers to all of your questions are found in the Bible. And the only person worthy enough to follow is Jesus Christ. He was perfect. His teachings are perfect, as God, His Father is perfect (which, by the way, is whom Jesus followed). In the last days, (which are now, I’d say) Jesus said that if we’re not careful, we would be deceived. We would follow false teachings that appear to be true. Don’t do it!
2 Timothy 3:13-14 says But evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse as they deceive others and are themselves deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and found to be true, because you know from whom you learned it. (emphasis mine) Think about it. Why do you do what you do? Why do you not do what you don’t do? There’s a reason. You’re following something…