The phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” was popularized when a comic strip of the same name was created by cartoonist Arthur R. “Pop” Momand. The “Joneses” of the title were neighbors of the strip’s main characters, unseen characters often spoken of but never actually seen in person.In the 1936 book, The Next 100 Years, C.C. Furnas notes: “Keeping up with the Joneses” was compared to the spreading of the peacock’s tail. Well, today’s society hasn’t changed much. Keeping up with the Joneses seems to be the goal of many. Children compare clothes and curfews. In their own minds adults compare cars, vacations and promotions while smiling and patting each other on the back.
Work and moral ethics may be compromised because “my boss does it” or “the guy at church does it.” How many times do you remember your mother saying something like, “If they all jumped off a bridge, would you follow them??” Too many times, we justify our actions because we are comparing ourselves to the wrong measure. But you and I both know that doesn’t make it right. God’s Word gives us the proper standard; all else will fall short of the goal.
Sometimes life requires us to stand up and be counted. Sometimes we must choose between immediate gratification or a denial of self. Sometimes we simply must go against the grain because our goal is to please God, not man or even ourselves. In the long run, we will be a better person and will be blessed for it. Do what’s right.
It’s your choice to make.