There were 128 runners in the field for the cross country race at the 1993 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships.
As they set out on the 6.2 mile run, they were following a course that had been marked for them by the race officials. Toward the end of the course, one of the runners in the middle of the group realized something was wrong. Mike Delcavo of Western State College in Colorado saw that the main pack had missed the turn. “I was waving for them to follow me and yelling ‘this is the right way,'” he told an interviewer after the race.
Delcavo was right – but only four other runners followed him. The rest continued on the shortcut, which allowed them to run a shorter distance and finish the race sooner. In a widely-criticized decision, race officials allowed the abbreviated route to stand as the “official course” and Delcavo officially finished 123rd.
The LA TImes reports Delcavo saying, “I’m upset. If I had stayed on the wrong course, I would have finished respectably. But when you read the official results, I’m 123 out of 128 runners.”
Have you ever noticed how the world determines the right path from the wrong path? It’s whatever is chosen by the majority. What’s considered the wrong path yesterday becomes “the official course” today, should enough people decide to travel in that direction. The moral direction of the world is ever changing and can only be anticipated by polls and surveys. Not true of God, or of the path that He has commanded us to take. God, the author of truth, is unchanging.
Don’t follow the majority onto the wrong path expecting the way of the majority to change the rules in the end. If you do, you will be sorely disappointed at the outcome.
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death” (Pro. 14:12). “Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it” (Mat. 7:13-14).
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