Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Daily Devotion: A Majority Can Be Wrong

Bible Reading: Daniel 3:1-12

Key Verse: Verse 7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Key Words: all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image

The majority can be wrong. They were wrong in Genesis 6 when every imagination of their hearts was wrong. In Genesis 11 when they built the tower of Babel, the majority was wrong. When they crucified Jesus, again the majority was wrong. Because there is a majority for or against an issue does not mean the majority is right. So it was in Daniel 3. The majority was clearly wrong. In Exodus 20:5 we read, Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them. Clearly the majority is not always right.

In 1844 a medical doctor named Ignas Phillip Semmelweis, who was assistant director at the Vienna Maternity Hospital, suggested to the doctors that the high rate of death of patients and new babies was due to the fact that the doctors attending them were carrying infections from the diseased and dead people whom they had previously touched. Semmelweis ordered doctors to wash their hands with soap and water and rinse them in a strong chemical before examining their patients. He tried to get doctors to wear clean clothes and he battled for clean wards. However, the majority of doctors disagreed with Semmelweis and they deliberately disobeyed his orders. In the late nineteenth century, on the basis of the work by Semmelweis, Joseph Lister began soaking surgery instruments, the operating table, his hands, and the patients with carbolic acid. The results were astonishing. What was previously risky surgery now became routine. However, the majority of doctors criticized his work also. Today we know that Lister and Semmelweis were right; the majority of doctors in their day were wrong. Just because the majority believes one thing does not necessarily mean it is true.


What to do:
✞ Go with God’s Word. The majority may lead you astray.

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