The pressure to conform to the views, opinions, behavior, and attitudes of those around us has always been an issue in life, but of late it has become extreme. The average person feels more secure and accepted if they conform and mimic those who are their peers, the trendsetters, the important people, the famous people. Some things, such as style of cloths are not that big of a deal if we want to fit in, but increasingly the pressure to conform is foolish and even evil.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Peter 1:14-15 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
One of our parenting goals was to teach our kids to “stand alone if necessary for what was right, good, and just”, and how to do that without being obnoxious, weird, or haughty. Kids take to this kind of strength if taught early and well the principles of being a bright light, a non-conformist, and a leader. When a young person does stand strong and alone if necessary for what is right, it is a tremendous builder of confidence and self-worth in their heart.