We are all influencers and we are all influenced. We all impact and change others and others impact and change us. Some of this is good and part of how God originally made us. However, because of sin and the effect of the fall upon us and our relationships, influence can also be bad and damaging.
When God originally made us, he made us to be primarily influenced by himself. Part of the fall is that we are now primarily influenced by others and God’s influence is second, third, fourth, or even non-existent. People become the primary influence in our lives, both individuals and groups of people. It may be a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a friend. It may be a class, a peer group, a friend group, a team, a political party, or any number of other kinds of tribes. It may be real life influences or it may be online influences such as podcasts, social media, YouTube, etc.
Taken together, these influences are often called “public opinion” and comprise…