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Most of this article was written last week. I chose rather to run the article on Saturday titled "The University of Adversity". The Carlson caricature "Mutiny on the Rebounty" appearing in the Monday Daily News makes my point. The caption reads, "Uh, Sir, Let's not be too hasty - Cast ye eye on these Poll numbers."

I have come to realize that more often than not, polls taken tell us more about our nation than they do about the thing polled. For example, if we are told that 70% of Americans think President Clinton should not be impeached, doesn't that tell us more about the people of America than it does about the President? If 67% think what he does in his private life is a private matter and should not concern us, doesn't that tell us more about them than him? What about the question of the economy? If 67% of the polled believe the President should continue in office without impeachment because the "economy is good", shouldn't that tell us more about them than him? Couldn't we conclude that the poll reveals they are more concerned about money than morals? It has long been known that the polls are used to make the minority think the majority is right, and to show the politicians where to stand in order to get more support and votes. MAJORITY MAY RULE AND IT SURELY WILL RUIN, BUT IT IS NO INDICATOR OF RIGHT.

There was a time in the not so distant past when the majority view would have been close to the Biblical view. How sad that for several years now, the Biblical view has become the minority view. Polls do not tell us what is right. They tell us how we think as a nation. Rarely in the history of the world has the majority view been the correct view. In fact, sadly, the majority of mankind will be lost. (See Matt. 7:13-14) In Numbers 13, Moses sent 12 men, one from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, to spy out the land of Canaan. Ten came back with a bad report, and two, Joshua and Caleb, gave a good report.. This provoked the LORD's anger. Verse 11 states, "And the LORD said to Moses, How long will this people provoke me?..." Then in verses 22-23 God says that none of them would even see the Holy Land! Guess what? None of them did. Joshua and Caleb were the only men who were above 20 years old at this time that entered into the Promised Land. All the others died in the wilderness over the next forty years.

THE BOTTOM LINE: WHO CARES WHAT THE POLLS SAY? WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? Please read Isaiah 5:8-25. We are a troubled nation because the majority has taken public opinion above God's Word! God's people have always been in the minority! "Who is on the LORD's side?" (Ex. 32:26)

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