LOST IN THE CROWD

Tuesday: 7th May, 2019

Reference text: Acts 7:51-8:1

Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

A study was conducted amongst Tennis players to determine if the noise made as they hit a ball had an impact on the hit. The results confirmed a firmer and faster hit when sound is made. In the Acts of the Apostles, the account about Stephen read today present a classic scene taken out of a war movie, albeit with other elements that catch our attention. Among the actions reported the crowd shouted and rushed on him together.

The action that follows the command to ‘attack’ in every face off I have seen during a war scene is a loud shout. Shouting appears be capable of drowning fear and anxiety, as well as
summon a great deal of courage. Thus with a loud shout, they rushed unto Stephen together.

In the annual London Marathon held, many people run for different causes: some for charities, some family and others, for fun. Therefore, while the world record was set at just over 2 hours for the winner, other participants completed the event in over 7 hours. A crowd may therefore appear to move with a single identity, but within that crowd, each person usually has their own intentions and reasons for doing what they are doing.

One can therefore very easily get lost in one. In a crowd, you could get a false sense of belonging because individual goals differ even if everyone appears to be cheering for and racing towards the same thing. Therefore, do not just jump in to follow the crowd since you can’t really know what everyone else is doing. What matters is to consider what you intend to do within the crowd.

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