Isaac Asimov shares the following story about dissension and majority rule:
Rabbi Feldman had been having trouble with his congregation. It seemed they could agree upon nothing, and controversy filled the air ...
The president of the congregation said, "Rabbi, this cannot be allowed to continue. Come, there must be a conference, and we must settle all areas of dispute once and for all."
"Agreed," said the rabbi.
At the appointed time, therefore, the rabbi, the president and 10 elders met in the conference room of the synagogue, sitting about a magnificent mahogany table. One by one the issues were dealt with and on each issue, it became more and more apparent that the rabbi was a lonely voice in the wilderness.
The president said, "Come, Rabbi, enough of this. Let us vote and allow the majority to rule." He passed out slips of paper, and each man made his mark. ... "You may examine them, Rabbi. It is 11 to one against you. We have a majority." ...
"So," he said, "you now think because of the vote that you are right and I am wrong. Well, that is not so. I ... call upon the Holy One of Israel to give us a sign that I am right and you are wrong."
And as he said so, there came a frightful crack of thunder and brilliant flash of lightning that struck the mahogany table and cracked it in two ... and the elders were hurled to the floor.
Through the carnage, the rabbi remained erect and untouched, his eyes flashing and a grim smile on his face.
Slowly, the president lifted himself above what was left of the table. His hair was singed, his glasses were hanging from one ear, his clothing was in disarray.
He said, "All right, 11 to two. We still have the majority."
Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992) was a scientist and one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He was best known for his science fiction works
Funny how we want what we want, regardless of what God says. But in the end, whether in matters of contention, or any other thing, God's vote is the only vote that counts!
"Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge" (Romans 3:4).