Monday, August 15, 2016

Being averse to a minority status

Matthew 7:13Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Being averse to a minority status 

Why is it that people and specifically Christians averse to being in the minority? Everyone seems to wants to be in the majority. What is so important about the need to have the most “friends,” the most “likes,” the most followers? For the Christian is this even a paradigm we should be having? 

Most people feels that if you are right then everyone will come to you, eventually once they are given enough persuasion. I have heard enough Christian leaders say that “We have a message the world wants to hear.” The idea is that if we just present it correctly then it will change everyone into being our friends and convert most of them. 

Those who say, “We use to be the majority in this country (USA).” Really? Have you looked at the actions of the country and the theology it lived out? Yes, a version of Christianity did give Christians freedom and gave the USA some greatness as a country, but in many areas, we blew it. However, this is a different subject for a different day. 

My question is does the Bible teach that we are going to be the majority? Is the idea that Christianity should always be in the majority correct theology? 

I believe the answer is no. 
Look at what Jesus said in the verses above; “there are few who find it.” This does not sound like a majority actually the majority, according to Jesus, seem to choose the way to destruction. This is not what I heard in church growth classes but is this seen anywhere else?

Luke 13:22And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. 23And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

In the Old Testament, God refers to the remanent being saved and God calling a remanent out of Israel (I leave these for you to look up). So we see, God calling to a greater audience in the New Testament, the Jews and the Gentiles (all the world), but we don’t see Christians being the ultimate power.

Does this mean we shouldn’t try to influence the world? No, we are called to be salt and light to the world (Matthew 5), but we also do not need to feel despondent if we are not the majority. 

A Methodist pastor said to me recently, “I think the church is at it’s best (theologically, morally, and ethically) when it’s in the minority.”  

So let’s not be afraid to be the minority, the odd man out, the shunned, the outcast, the least because Jesus did say, “The Last shall be first.” Let’s live like Jesus wants us to and let the majority do what it wants. We will be there to guide them back to a better way when they are ready. 

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