Is this post about Antifa? No. I have written a little about the movement (see WHAT IS ANTIFA? WHITE-WASHING VIOLENCE), but I don’t have the time or the interest to do the kind of serious research Andy Ngo (andy-ngo.com) has done. The Bee Explains: What Is Antifa? (babylonbee.com) is probably exceeds my journalistic competence.
So, what is this post about? My bent is more philosophical. Look around at our country. Have you wondered why everything seems to be drifting into chaos? If we take the time to read the Bible, especially books like Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, it is possible to gain a good understanding of the matter.
Consider this passage.
Antifa is a group that is still, fortunately, on the extreme fringe, but the intimidation and violence we associate with Antifa is becoming more commonplace. Antifa is full of young people copying bad behavior from each other and from older folks in the mass media and within our educational establishment who should know better.
We are by nature inclined to be copycats.
also copy-cat, derogatory term for one who copies another or another’s work, by 1884, American English, probably at least a generation older, from copy (v.) + cat (n.). Domestic cats sometimes will imitate each other’s behaviors. As a verb, “to slavishly imitate,” from 1932. Related: Copycatted; copycatting.https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=copycat
The term “copycat” may be derogatory, but copying others is one of the ways we learn. So, copying others is not necessarily a problem. What is the problem? The problem is relying upon what others think to govern our own personal standards of behavior.
Consider a phenomenon called groupthink.
Groupthink is a phenomenon that occurs when a group of well-intentioned people makes irrational or non-optimal decisions spurred by the urge to conform or the belief that dissent is impossible. The problematic or premature consensus that is characteristic of groupthink may be fueled by a particular agenda—or it may be due to group members valuing harmony and coherence above critical thought.
The issue is who and what we choose to copy. We must be wise in our choices. As much as possible we must copy what God wants us to copy. We must train our consciences so that our behavior conforms to Biblical standards.
Instead of learning to think like others — looking for things to gripe about and be angry about — we must seek to think like Jesus.
It is easy to look to the people around us for our behavioral standards. Because we all crave to belong to some group, it is easy to adopt to the standards of some identity group based upon wealth, ethnicity, race, gender orientation, cultish beliefs, Utopian ideology, and/or some other foolish choice. So, we must make the effort to keep our eyes and ears and thoughts focused upon our Creator. That is why we must spend time in the Word, pray, attend a Bible centered church, and fellowship in Christ with other Christians. That is why our Lord demands that we know what we believe and that we are ready to defend our beliefs.
- What is Antifa, the far-left group tied to violent protests? (foxnews.com)
- Copycats (bluebirdofbitterness.com)
- What Is Groupthink? (investopedia.com)
- We Must Never Forget That Genocide Begins With Groupthink (thefederalist.com)
- Reflections (nebraskaenergyobserver.wpcomstaging.com): I suppose this reference will seem out of place but read the whole post.