New Federal bathroom guidelines, political party leadership rules and churches expressing differing biblical interpretations have awakened a silent majority in America’s culture. Here is a unique twist explaining minority rule verses the silent majority.
We were finally seated. The quaint restaurant nestled among Live Oaks highlighted the sights and sounds of the Lowcountry. It was our annual girlfriend get-to-gether that had been scheduled, re-scheduled and scheduled again. We were so looking forward to our favorite things “chick-style” that included; laughing, shopping, eating and sharing our hearts. But something interesting happened during the meal.
Our pleasant conversations were interrupted with a loud screech. A table with parents and toddlers were seated in the same area. Our conversations continued only to be interrupted by another wailing toddler. I noticed folks from other tables raising their eyebrows at this small group of adults and children.
“Maybe there is a “special needs” child at that table,” commented one of my friends. “We must be tolerant of their situation.” But after several more interruptions, I realized the children were perfectly normal; something was wrong with the parents. They did not care one bit that their unruly children were interrupting our meal, we just need to tolerate and accept them.
“Maybe the waiter or someone with authority can help,” I thought. No, that will never work because they were paying customers.
The next step to communicate some common sense to this situation, was to give these adults “the look.”
So one by one we shot our disapproving stares. Nope, that did not work either. This small pocket of unruly children with uncaring parents were controlling everything. They could have taken their children to Chuck-E-Cheese or McDonalds or a place that would have accommodated them and their behavior. No, they were forcing us to change for them.
Then, something amazing happened. As the “loud table” exited, someone clapped. The next table clapped, then the next, then our table broke out into applause. Finally, the silent majority made some noise.
So whether you are the Federal Government bathroom guidelines crowd, church leadership having differing biblical interpretations, or a political party changing the system for a certain candidate, the silent majority is making noise. And I say, it’s about time.