Blogger's Note: Generally, I don't spend much time on this blog talking about politics. But occasionally, I feel compelled to draw from the political landscape in order to make a broader spiritual application. Today is one of those days. Please note that when I use the word "right" in my post, I am NOT talking about "right wing" or the politics of "the right." I use the term "right" as in "right and wrong." In all things, politics included, I believe there is Right and there is Wrong. Simply put, God is Right...Anti-God is Wrong. We should never pray that God be on our side, but rather pray that we are on God's side.
In the aftermath of the presidential election, I've been hearing/reading a lot of comments regarding "the majority" and "the will of the people." Typically, this phrase is being used to tell "dissenters" (peopwho aren't le happy with Obama's philosophies and planned policies) that they need, in effect, to sit down and shut up. After all, they are told, the majority has spoken.
Personally, I'm a strict constitutionalist. I'm a believer in states' rights. And I'm a supporter of democratic rule of law. Our nation isn't a democracy. It's a democratic republic, and I'm okay with that. I understand how voting works, and I'm okay with that too. I realize that Obama was elected to office by winning the proper number of electoral college votes and that Obama also won the popular vote.I'm not clamoring for a recount or a revote. I realize that Obama won.
My problem is with people foolishly thinking that just because "the majority" voted for Obama it must mean the majority is right. I understand that when it comes to voting, majority rules. But that doesn't make the majority right.Too many times in history, the majority has been wrong.
There are the easily-acknowledged examples such as Hitler (elected by a democratic vote) and Nazi Germany.
Thankfully, the outnumbered colonies and patriots who started the American Revolution didn't yield to King George's majority. Thankfully, Moses didn't listen to the majority when they clamored for a golden cow to worship. Thankfully, Caleb and Joshua didn't let go of God's command just because they were outnumbered in opinion by the other ten spies. Thankfully, David didn't listen to the majority when they said Goliath couldn't be defeated. The majority can be wrong.
And, sadly, the majority usually is...both on the larger scale of life and on our smaller personal scale. We are called to be set apart, to embrace persecution, to know that if the world hated Christ, the world will hate us too. But don't let the hate of others grind you down.
Don't let the majority pressure you into silence. What's right is right, no matter how few people are on the side of right. The Bible warns that in the last days MANY will fall away from the faith. This world will continue to wax worse and worse, and the ranks of the right grow smaller and smaller.
But don't lose heart. Continue to stand up for your beliefs and constitutional rights. First and foremost, PRAY for your president, that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives. And learn to see with spiritual eyes and remember what the prophet Elisha said to his servant in 2 Kings 6:16: "Don't be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."