Today as I was working on homework at the church I had to move from my little cubbyhole so the constructions workers could put up a shelf. So, I took my small table and moved into the chapel where I would generally talk and pray to God in private. I instantly began talking to God about my homework without thought of the workers hearing me. They must have thought I was crazy.
The interesting part was my homework became easier to do and took on a more Biblical perspective. One of the verses I used today was Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” I think maybe I could apply this to myself.
The topic of my homework was groupthink and what does the Bible tell us about conforming to the world. Oh well, I whether be thought as a little crazy with talking to God about everything then conforming to the world without speaking to God.
For those who are curious groupthink is “a kind of decision process in which maintaining group cohesiveness and solidarity is more important than considering the facts in a realistic manner” (Aronson, Wilson, Akert, and Sommers, 2016, p. 285). I used the Pharisees as an example of groupthink against the belief of Jesus as the Son of God and Nicodemus breaking away from groupthink by seeking the truth of Jesus in John 3:1-21.
Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Akert, R., & Sommers, S. R. (2016). Social psychology. (9th Ed.). United States of America: Pearson Education, Inc.