“Minority Report

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”. (Hebrews 12:1 KJV).

Recently the latest British Social Attitude survey reporting on religious faith in England and Wales showed that for the first time ever more people say they don’t have a faith than that they do. Furthermore, that fewer and fewer people say they attend a church service.

The analysis throws up striking regional variations. London has the smallest proportion of people identifying as “nones”, at an average of 40%, accounted for by the capital’s large minority ethnic population. In contrast, 59.5% of people in Wales say they have no religion. Wales the birthplace of great revivals.

The report was met with glee in some quarters, indifference by some and sadness by others. When I hear such reports and comments by the usual suspects it fills me with a mix of sadness but also an urge to do more to strengthen Christian witness in this country.

The headline report that more people said they had no religious faith was music to atheists, agnostics and secular humanists in our country. Despite the headline I believe atheists are still a minority in the UK and they definitely are a minority in our world.

That said, increasingly minorities are holding the majority to ransom. After all we are in the Laodicean church age (See Revelation Chapter 3), the age of human rights.

Throughout history the minority has suffered at the hands of the majority and at times this has meant persecution and mass killing almost to genocide.

The minority was persecuted for their faith, because of their race or nationality and even because of their tribe. Persecution of minorities is morally wrong and where it is encouraged by law it’s doubly wrong. For example, the early Christians were persecuted by their fellow Jews and later by the Roman authorities.

The Roman Catholic Church for centuries persecuted and killed millions of Christians who differed from them in terms of doctrine and practice. Please read Foxes book of martyrs for information on this great persecution.

In many places in the world the minority are still suffering at the hands of the majority because they are stronger, have access to power and sometimes the law is with them. The majority also believe it has the right to enforce its will for after all in a vote or in a fight they are expected to win. I get it and I am sure you do too.

What then is the point behind this blog? Well I was praying and from my mouth came the words “the few are getting the better over the many”. I was praying about the influence the few were having on social policy even to the point of changing laws. Social change is often driven by a minority and somehow the majority is forced to go along with change through apathy, tolerance and slumber.

Take for example, the purchase and use of guns in America; the overwhelming majority believe there should be improved gun control. It’s ridiculous that a fourteen year old boy cannot buy alcohol or cigarette or even a lottery ticket, yet can buy a gun and as many bullets as he can afford.

Recently I saw a short DIY film posted on social media that said Jesus never existed despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary for more than two millennia.

The re-writing of history as in the case of holocaust deniers by some historians, or so called new findings by geologists and anthropologists of rocks dating back billions of years or fossils claiming that our human ancestors have been found in the form of some primate is not new but with social media has taken on a new and dangerous form.

Fake news can be peddled by a teenager in his room simply making things up. Fake news is also produced by media outlets with an agenda. Fake news can also be produced by atheists and secular humanists whose agenda is to turn many, especially the young, away from the knowledge of God and in particular the Bible.

The books of Genesis and Revelation are usually the target of those who want to turn people off the bible. Very few have the audacity to deny major figures like Moses, David and Jesus Christ but believe it or not there are those who are doing so and persuading others to join them.

So once again the minority is seeking to win over the majority not based on truth or sound evidence but based entirely on their own agenda. Satan is the father of lies and sadly many are willing to do his bidding. Yet Satan according to the bible believes in one God and fears and tremble yet he persuades some that there is no God.

Jesus in one of his parables said the kingdom of God (the church), would grow and grow even though sometimes wildly, to the very end.

In the text at the start of this blog, the writer of Hebrews draws attention to the many cloud of witnesses that attests to the truths in the bible. Witnesses like the prophet Isaiah who foretold the gruesome death of Messiah in gory details or Daniel who saw and made known his visions concerning the great empires of the world from Babylon to Rome in great detail. For example, he describes the rise and fall of Alexander the Great and the breakup of Greece.

There are more than 1.3 billion Christians in our world with the overwhelming majority of people having a faith so let us not allow the minority to get the upper hand in the media, educational establishments and social policy.

Much of the social woes that plague the western world are because we have turned away from God, the bible and church. We have in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way”. (Isaiah 53:6).

Neither should the majority seek to oppress the minority. Persuade yes, help yes, but no to persecution or intolerance.

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people. 

The Lord’s servant 

Lloyd Denny