In the Minority


More than simply reading the signs of the times, we must be able to see ourselves through multiple lenses. We are a minority in earthly terms, but we are not merely an earthly people. We are part of a great cloud of witnesses, a number that ‘no man can number.’ They are the resurrected majority. When our confidence falls, we will have to remember what the prophet Elisha said to our forebear who lost his nerve, ‘Do not be afraid for those who are with us are more than those who are with them’ (2 Kings 6:16). That assertion cannot be verified by opinion polls or by legislative scorecards. But it never could. Our frightened ancestor could only see the overwhelming horde against him. But the old prophet Elisha prayed that he would see beyond what is visible to what is real. ‘And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha’ (2 Kings 6:17). That can only be seen by prophetic authority. And it can only be seen by a minority humbled to the point that we are blind enough to ask to see.

— Russell D. Moore, Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel, 46.


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