In one’s quest to find the road that leads to life, it would be disastrous to take his cue from the majority. The idea that the majority is right is a misconception. Even where the majority rule, that does not mean they are right.
The Bible is clear that most people are on the wrong road in life. Jesus says, “Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). This means the road that leads to damnation is a heavily traveled road.
There are times when it’s safe to heed the majority. When I am visiting a city for the first time, for instance, I tend to assume that if a restaurant’s parking lot is filled each evening, it’s probably a good restaurant. Most people know how to choose a good restaurant. Similarly, the over-the-counter pain reliever no store can keep on its shelf is probably an effective product. People with physical pain know a good pain reliever when they find it.
But these observations say nothing about the eternal fate of the majority. Here is what Jesus says: “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it” (verse 14). This means the road leading to life is a lightly traveled road.
On the one hand, life is filled with many choices. In a democracy, we are free to pursue our dreams in numerous ways. But when it comes to a person realizing eternal life, those choices disappear. There is but one way to find this life. It is through the Lord Jesus Christ. He is that narrow Way. No one can come to the Father but through Him.
But remember, Jesus says few find the way leading to life. Hence, it’s highly likely that the next person you meet in life will be on the wrong road. I don’t say that as an incentive for us to judge the fate of strangers. Rather, to challenge our complacency toward reaching out to them for Christ. The work of the church is far from over. Most people today are headed for destruction. We do well to err on the side of caution. That is, assume that the next person God blesses you to cross the path of, more likely than not needs to be engaged to accept Christ.
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