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Monday, November 28, 2005

majority rules?

Recently I have been bothered by the idea that since the majority believe something it is therefore more valid, especially in regards to issues of faith and Christian practice.

I have been really bothered by this in two different ways--
1) If you look a the Majority of all advertisements on Television and Billboards between the Philly airport and Princeton you would be surprised that a vast majority of the actors are white, which is disproportionate to our society. Don't minorities need Crest Whitening Strips just as much as WASPs? On the trip back from Thanksgiving, I noticed one billboard that advertised an African American, and it was the pastor of a church.

2) Just because a majority of church officials have voted repeatedly over an issue does not mean that it is God's will. I am tired of the argument that, "We have already voted on this and ____% agreed." Though their view may be acurate, just because it is the majority does not mean it is God's Will. All we have to do is look at the American Southern Church during the 1800s-1900s; look at the Church of Germany during the 1920s-1940s. Christian polity is not necessarily a democracy, and unfortunately we impose our American political system on God's community.

Isn't scripture filled with stories of the minority being given voice? Isn't it that the last that shall be first? Isn't it the outsiders that are actually the insiders? That is why the Gospel is so radical and transformative...the majority does not rule.

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