This has to be one of the saddest verses in the New Testament: “Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue.” (John 12:42)
That happened 2000 years ago. Yet, how many people have you come across in your experience who would not come to Jesus, would not live for Jesus, chose not to commit to Jesus because if they did, others would ostracize them from their ‘group’ – whatever that group might be.
Oh! May it never be that you or I should EVER succumb to that idolatry. Oh, God! Hear our prayer.