In Romans 12:2, the Apostle Paul urges believers not to be conformed to the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of their mind.
The Greek word for conformed, suschematizo, refers to being moulded, fashioned, or patterned into how the world expects us to behave.
We have no idea how much we are manipulated and controlled by such things as the mainstream media, culture and social media.
The test in the video below demonstrates how easily it can happen.
In this eye doctor waiting room, everyone, except the woman in purple, is in on the test. During the test, people in the room began standing up when a buzzer sounded, then sitting down. This was repeated several times.
How long would it take for the woman in purple to start standing up when the buzzer sounded simply because of social pressure, since she had absolutely no idea why people were standing and no one had told her to do so?
This pressure to conform was subtle, but very real.
As the commentator noted “when it comes to peer pressure all to often your brain is just following the crowd.” Though the commentator goes on to say this is a good thing, it isn’t. People in Germany embraced Nazism because of this pressure to conform.
To stop this from happening, the Apostle Paul says we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, literally changing the way we think. We need to embrace who we are in Christ, in order to withstand societal pressure.