I’d never understood what it felt like to be in the minority. When I heard stories of the Civil Rights Movement, I couldn’t understand why it was so hard for people to speak up for their convictions. How hard could it be to take a stand and give others permission to follow your lead?
It’s extremely hard I’ve found. Going against the majority is threatening. When a church is intolerant of diverse opinions, you dare not share a different perspective without the expectation of being ostracised. No, you won’t be publicly humiliated, just drug through the mud when you’re not around. So you can decide: honestly offer your understanding as one more dimension to be considered and risk being cut off from the fellowship, or simply remain silent (and blog!).
I trust that there are churches out there that would be appalled at this behavior. Churches that don’t operate in a social structure learned in middle school where the “in” crowd can speak freely and everyone else must learn to agree or keep quiet. I imagine Jesus would encourage open discussion, laying all interpretations on the table to be sifted through and reconstructed. I imagine Jesus would remind us that his death and resurrection was for all who believe, majority and minority alike.