Is The Majority Always Right?
This past Saturday night some of our close friends invited us to a reception and private concert in their home. What a special evening to have no TV, no pre-recorded tracks, and no pyro-tech explosions; only a guy sitting on a stool and his wife singing, taking us back to the time of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. But it was the gate at the front of our friends’ secure housing complex that concerned me.
A lot of housing developments have guard houses, gates, and brick walls, but most of them that we visit have no guards, the gates are open, and all you do is drive right in. Not this one. The gates were closed. The guard was at his station, and he did have a list. “Sir, please give me your name and why you’re here.” I did and he scanned down his list. Thankfully, our name was written down. “Welcome, Dave and Mary.” He pushed the button, opened the gate, and we enjoyed the evening.
The way to our destination was narrow. You needed to know the homeowners, have an invitation, and your name needed to be written down. As His earthly ministry moved to its climax, Jesus used all this imagery to challenge His own people. He was turning to Jerusalem. There He would be crucified so that our sins could be forgiven. The majority would reject Him and yell that He was a blasphemer, a false prophet, but the few who took the narrow way would find out that He was the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
“And He was passing through cities and towns, traveling as He made His way to Jerusalem.
Now someone said to Him, ‘Lord, will those who are saved be few?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Struggle to enter the narrow door for I say to you, many will seek to come and they will not be able. The master of the house is going to get up and close the door. From that time there will be those standing outside. They will cry at the door, ‘Lord, open to us.’ And he will answer, ‘I don’t know from where you are from. Depart from me, all you workers of unrighteousness.’ And there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but you are cast out. Men will come from the east and west, from the north and the south and sit at the table in the Kingdom of God. And behold the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” - Luke 13:22-30
The Pharisees and religious leaders who sat in the synagogue when Jesus miraculously healed and heard Him teach responded with a critical, rejecting spirit. They were proud of their birth, their national and religious heritage, but this pride would remove their names from God’s list. His Son was sitting in their midst, but instead of opening their hearts to Him, they got angry and plotted to kill Him.
Jesus is not making a universal statement about whether or not there will be few or many in His Kingdom. He is stating that in the first century during His earthly ministry there were only a few who walked through the narrow door—the door that declared that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah, the One who would die as God’s sacrifice for their sin.
Truth by its very nature is narrow. Jesus is boldly still telling us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can came to the Father accept through Him (John 14:6). Open up to Jesus and we will know the Father, and our names will be on the list that opens the door right into God’s eternal home.
LORD, thanks that You don’t force us to believe. You allow us to express our individual choice but help us to see clearly that when it comes to the choice about Your Son, one choice leads to birth into Your family and the other to exclusion from Your Home forever. And move us to realize that the majority vote of our contemporary culture has no influence on Your decision. In this case the majority is dead wrong.
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