Objectivity was never dependent on majority.
Today I was thinking about the twelve spies that Moses send to explore Canaan. We know how all but two of them came back with less than favorable reports. I couldn’t help but wonder, if we were Moses, how would we have reacted?
Of course, knowing how the story ended, we may be quick to dismiss the other ten of little faith and only Joshua and Caleb truly trusted God. However, if we were placed at that exact crossroad of decision-making, who would we have trusted?
Would we have stuck to our guns, believing that God has given us the land, or would we have asked for a “re-evaluation”, called for another exploration trip and allowing “common sense” to prevail? Mind you, it wasn’t the case that Joshua and Caleb’s opinions were obviously more valuable. If we were to comb through the passage, we would notice that ALL twelve of them were leaders in their respective tribe.
Imagine this – Would you be…
Taking the opinion of 2 unit leaders or 10 other unit leaders?
Heeding the advice of 2 pastors, or 10 other pastors?
Would we have flowed with the ten, heeding the “wise counsel” of the majority while dismissing the other two radicals as overly optimistic and blindly naive? We might even affirm them for their enthusiastic but “unrefined” passion!
In a world that is so accustomed to the concept of democracy, such things are less foreign than it seems.
What scares me the most is that I can totally imagine that happening to myself!