I remember before I became a teenager that I was fascinated with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. I spent one summer following every game and was such a fan that I memorized each of the players, their positions and even their batting averages. It was a pretty boring summer. I don’t know why I even wasted brain space doing that. I don’t even follow the Cardinals today. Many people have a similar fascination with trivia. They engage in a harmless pursuit learning various details and unimportant facts about a certain subject.
Sometimes Christians get occupied with emphasizing things in their spiritual lives that really are not the most important things. The enemy of our soul can get us busy with majoring on minors. Minors for the child of God are those things that the Bible is silent about. There are some things that can be relegated to Christian liberty and Spirit-led personal decisions because there is no specific “thus saith the Lord” involved. Many church splits can be traced to majoring on minors. Some of those minor issues have to do with worship styles and musical tastes. Another minor is what version of the Bible one chooses to use. Christians often debate one another about what clothing is appropriate for church, what entertainment is right or wrong, and what activities are appropriate for the Lord’s day.
Probably the greatest danger of majoring on minors is that we begin to minor on the majors. The major things that we need to be doing as a Christ followers often are squeezed out and left undone and emphasized. We need to be majoring on preaching the gospel of Christ to a lost world. We need to be loving one another in the family of God. We dare not neglect our duties of being the salt of the earth, and the light of the world. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees who were majoring on minors with these words: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith…” (Matthew 23:23). May God stir us to major on the majors.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation