February 13, 2019

In 1844 a medical doctor named Ignas Phillip Semmelweis, who was assistant director at the Vienna Maternity Hospital, suggested to the doctors that the high rate of death of patients and new babies was due to the fact that the doctors attending them were carrying infections from the diseased and dead people whom they had previously touched. Semmelweis ordered doctors to wash their hands with soap and water and rinse them in a strong chemical before examining their patients. He tried to get doctors to wear clean clothes and he battled for clean wards. However, the majority of doctors disagreed with Semmelweis and they deliberately disobeyed his orders. In the late nineteenth century, on the basis of the work by Semmelweis, Joseph Lister began soaking surgery instruments, the operating table, his hands, and the patients with carbolic acid. The results were astonishing. What was previously risky surgery now became routine. However, the majority of doctors criticized his work also. Today we know that Lister and Semmelweis were right; the majority of doctors in their day were wrong. Just because the majority believe one thing does not necessarily mean it is true.

Some of us are probably alive today because Dr. Ignas Phillip Semmelweis and Dr. Joseph Lister refused to doctor according to approval ratings.

Proverbs 12:2 (NLT) — 2 The Lord approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.

Every now and then approval ratings come out for the president. Some times decisions are made on approval ratings. However the majority isn’t always right. Herod went with the approval rating of his party guests and beheaded John the Baptist. Pilate sentenced Jesus to death. The majority of the Israelites would not cross into the promised land and they ended up dying in the wilderness. On the approval of the majority of Israelites Aaron made a golden calf that the people called their god. Peer pressure, the approval of peers, has led many people to do things that were harmful to themselves and others. Whose approval rating are you living for? There is only one person whose approval you need to be concerned about and that is the Lords.

Matthew 10:28 (NLT) — 28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

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