The people wanted a King. They didn't like being "different."
They wanted to fit in with the ungodly cultures around them (1 Samuel 8:6-7).
Samuel explained it wasn't God's will for them to have a king, and they'd give up many of their freedoms if they had one.
"But the people refused to listen to Samuel. 'No!' they said. 'We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations..." (8:19-20).
The people thought their request was reasonable: Samuel's sons weren't worthy to lead (as if God couldn't raise up a worthy prophet). And a king would help them win wars (as if God's help wasn't enough).
The people wanted conformity more than they wanted God (8:6-9).
We do the same when we refuse to stand against culturally acceptable sins or when we think being a Christian should make us attractive and popular.
But Scripture warns against conformity (Romans 12:1-2).
We can fit in or we can serve King Jesus. It's our choice.
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