I do not particularly care to be around people who are easily led around, at least not for extended periods of time. They are generally easily deceived, simple of mind, and thereby, as a rule, untrustworthy.
Often, they have only their best interest at heart, and care only for their self-interest, although that interest can be modified by those who are adept at the way these individuals pass through this life. These “some of the people that can be fooled some of the time” are prevalent in our society today, as proven by this new strain of the flu, immediate obedience, no hesitation to conform to the standards, and then, when the “all clear” is pronounced, just as easily moved to the next order of obedience, almost always without question, debate, or any logical deductive reasoning skills involved. “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” (Prov. 1:22)
This is not one of their continual prayers, for they are by their very natures followers, with no desire whatsoever to either stand apart from the crowd or make their own decisions in this life. One would find it difficult to be a follower of Jesus Christ and to be one of these individuals, for to follow Christ means to use wisdom, initiative, and wise judgement when attempting to navigate our way through this sinful world, a world currently controlled by our adversary who is extremely adept at manipulating the emotions of human beings. For that is what those type of people most generally are, ruled by their emotions, and at the root of all emotions, if they are not in the love of Christ, is fear.
The fear of the possible loss of happiness, of contentment, of the continuation of what they consider a secure and relatively free life devoid of any pain or suffering, and so, they follow the easiest path, and my friends, that path is always made very clear by Satan. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4) Not, “Please Lord, keep me from the valleys.”
Deceiving people is Satan’s number one priority, without deception, debate enters into the mind, and no one who debates is a follower in this area, for debate requires us to see not only the possible consequences of our actions, but whether or not those consequences are worth the cost to us. “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4)
Those who have determined to follow Jesus Christ are not followers in the sense of the ways of man, they have counted the cost, (Luke 14:28) they have debated the possible consequences, and have come to the conclusion that this life they live is worth giving to Him, as He sees fit to use it, even if it costs them their life. People who are easily led around do not fit into this category, not only because they fear personal repercussions to themselves in any of these aforementioned areas, but because following Christ requires a sacrifice, the complete and total sacrifice of all we want, of all we are, not only in the way our life may end, but in how it is lived in a day-to-day basis, in other words, there is no security whatsoever in following the Lord, but there is the promise of all security.
It is what those that we have been speaking of here cannot understand, for these things are spiritually understood, (1 Cor. 2:14) and they require faith, for “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) I will spend time with these individuals, but not an excessive amount of time, not if I do not see in them that the Lord is calling them at that time. It is how we learn to plant seeds, where that seed falls, is entirely up to them.