A minority report is the written statement of a small group that disagree with the decision made by the majority. I recently realized how often God utilizes a minority report.

When 12 spies are sent into the Promised Land, there is a majority opinion (I’m paraphrasing here): “The land is amazing, productive, fertile, and beautiful. But the inhabitants are giants and we (the slaves God liberated and led through the wilderness) don’t have a prayer of taking this land away from the people who are already there. Woe is us. We are doomed.”

Thankfully, there’s a very different minority report. Two of the twelve spies (16%) see it differently. Their take (again, the paraphrase): “Let’s go! God will help us be victorious.” This minority report encourages hope.

Or consider this example- after Jesus feeds 5,000 people, his popularity sky-rockets. Boatloads flock to his side, for teaching, sure, but also to get more bread. When Jesus tells these hungry folks that his body must be their bread, crowds of people, including many devoted disciples, desert him (John 6:66). The Majority report is that Jesus is being difficult, confusing and intentionally hostile. As Jesus watches them go, he turns to the twelve disciples, asking if they will leave, too. Peter gives the minority report, “To whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe and we know you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68). Yes, the disciples response, you’re hard to understand sometimes, Jesus. But we’re sticking with you. This minority report encourages faith.

Or consider the ten gravely ill men who stumbled to the border between Samaria and Galilee so they could be there when Jesus crossed. These men kept their distance from the rest of the people. Their ragged clothes covered bodies destroyed by leprosy. The men were sick and shunned, untouchable. But they raised their voices, begging for mercy, for Jesus’ healing touch.

Jesus turns and responds, but he doesn’t t heal them, not immediately. Jesus sends them to the priest, the person who could witness and verify a healing. They went while still sick, hobbling away to show their broken bodies to a priest. It was a great act of faith- to walk forward as if you had been healed when it hadn’t happened yet. And then the miracle- as they walk, they are healed! Their bodies become whole and well. Imagine their amazement, joy, and utter delight!

The majority rushes off- to the priest, then to find wives, children, parents, friends and tell the good news. But one hesitates, then runs back the way he’s come. This man finds Jesus, falls at his feet, and can’t stop saying thank you. This minority report urges gratitude.

Increasingly, you and I will find ourselves in the minority in society. Have the courage to think, act or speak differently. Don’t be afraid to stand in the minority. You’re in good company.

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world,[h] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

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