"Well Dave, it's almost 2019. Don't you realize that 62 percent of Americans now favor my point of view?" This is supposed to end all discussion. It's like check mate in chess. Game over. How could I ever think that a view held by only 38 percent of Americans and even less among young adults could possibly be right?
When it comes to making decisions where my life is on the line, should I follow the conclusions of the majority based on expert opinion or the counsel of an inspired servant of God?
On Paul's sea voyage to Rome the centurion charged with delivering him to the Emperor faced a life or death decision in the midst of their voyage. Should he stay in Fair Havens or should he follow the advice of the experts and the majority who voted to try and find a better winter harbor?
"Because much time had been lost, and it was already past the Jewish Feast of Atonement (late in the fall, just before the winter), it was already into the dangerous season to voyage further. So Paul presented his advice, 'Men, I perceive that our voyage will be a disaster with great loss not only to the cargo and the ship, but also to our lives.' But the centurion listened to the captain and the owner of the ship more than Paul. And since the harbor was not suitable for wintering, the majority decided to set sail from Fair Havens attempting somehow to reach Phoenix, a harbor on Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and winter there.
When the south wind began to blow gently, they thought it was their chance to obtain their goal, so they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to shore. After only a short time, hurricane force winds, called the northeaster, swept down from the island. The storm seized the boat and when we could not get it turned into the wind, we had to just give way and let the boat be driven by the wind."
In this instance the majority and the experts were definitely wrong and the centurion decided wrong. When it comes to decisions like this in my life, I've firmly decided I'm going with the guidance of God's inspired prophets written down in the Scriptures. We only get to live our life once. It makes sense to obey the Creator of the wind and the sea and not follow the majority and venture out into gale force winds.
LORD, use Mary and me through Truth Encounter to help parents guide their children, giving them strong reasons why following the instructions in Your Word will be a lot safer than following the advice of the majority of their peers, even when the experts say it's true.
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