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The Majority Does Not Always Win

By Pete Macinta

“There's strength in numbers,” is a phrase often used to point out that in democratic systems, the majority rules. Yet, at times we have all seen the opposite, where a minority has control, especially when organizational rules require a percentage greater than a simple majority to pass an item in a business meeting.

Nonetheless, the general rule of thumb is the majority gets its way. However, when it comes to the way God does things, so often it's the minority that gets the victory.

For example, let's say you are a soldier and you discover that there is a small enemy stronghold of around 20 people. Logically you would think you had better muster at least 30 or more to conquer them.

However, with God, it often does not work that way. In fact, as we read the Holy Scriptures, oftentimes the smaller the group is, the better.

So was the case for Jonathan, the son of King Saul, the first king of Israel. In 1 Samuel 14 we read that Jonathan had located a group of twenty Philistines. He suggested to his armorbearer that they permit the Philistines to see them – just the two of them. More amazing than that was the fact that their enemy was above them, on a small mountain. So, their enemies not only had an advantage in numbers, but also in position.

Nonetheless, Jonathan said to his armorbearer (verse 6), “it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.”

After receiving providential confirmation, the two ascended, entered the garrison and overcame 20 armed men.

As we read God's Word, we see that most of the time He does not use large numbers of people to accomplish His work. Hopefully you are aware of Gideon's 300 men that put the Midian army to flight by shattering pitchers to reveal lights and immediately sounding the trumpets they had.

There are numerous accounts in God's Word where only a few won a victory over a majority. One reason for this is so that mankind will not trust in his own strength, but rely fully upon God. For example, when over 30,000 men had originally joined Gideon to fight against Midian, God said (Judges 7:2) that was too many people, “lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.”

As it always has been from the inception of the Church, true Christians have always been the minority.

Though it seems like the way of the majority of the over 6 billion people on earth will prevail, the Word of God assures us throughout the Holy Bible that Christ will return, His kingdom will fill the earth, and the minority of true Christians will reign with Him. They win and reign because they have fully trusted in Christ, their King. Make sure you are on the winning side.

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