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Is The Majority The Authority?

"Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are giving testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit" (Ex.23:2).

As we come to last devotional about authority, we find this interesting verse from the Book of Exodus. It would seem like the verse is wrapped around showing favoritism to the rich over the poor, but I see an overriding theme in it. It starts out by saying not to follow the crowd in doing wrong...We live in a society where within our legislative and judicial system, the majority gets to have the last say. The system has worked in America for over 250 years, but in reality, does the majority always make the right decision every time? I believe that today's verse is an important one in that it tells us to resist the temptation of going along with the crowd in making a decision, just because there are more of them... In the days of Noah, the majority was lost. "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matt.7:13-14). It would seem here that Jesus lets us know about majorities. When all is said and done when it comes to a final authority, I believe that the verdict is crystal clear. Just because many people believe something, the merits of what they believe must be examined before simply going along. It is my opinion that a mob of people often feel more empowered because of their numbers, rather than their reason for gathering together. The words found in our Spirit inspired Bibles are there to furnish us into every need. The writer of the Book of Hebrews, at the very beginning, tells us that God had spoken through the prophets in the past, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things... (1:1-2). Lets heed the words of the psalmist saying this; "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (119:105).

Have a great day... Let His Light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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