The Church Must Fight Its Goliath
Patricia L. Dickson
Every member of the body of Christ should be filled with righteous indignation because of the daily onslaught of attacks on Christianity. Scripture tells us that in the last days good will be considered evil and evil will be considered good. We are currently witnessing the good being called evil whenever a believer verbalizes his/her Christian beliefs in public, those beliefs are labeled controversial. When we witness the breakdown of the traditional family unit, we know that the end is near. The traditional family consisting of a husband, wife and children is frowned upon while the new modern family that consists of a slew of mixed matched people is considered the norm. When Christian children raised in Christian homes are told that they can read any book except the bible during free reading time at school; the church should be full of righteous indignation! Any Christian that’s a CEO or host a television program that speaks out against gays and abortion are fired or their TV show gets canceled. Some pastors have allowed political correctness to creep into their church and bully them into not preaching the unadulterated word of God out of fear of having their tax exemption revoked. How long will the Church of Jesus Christ take this abuse? What is it going to take for the Church to fight back? Why does it seem like we are afraid to fight this giant enemy called the world? When I witness the constant bullying coming from the world, I am reminded of the Army of Israel, David and Goliath. When David heard Goliath defy Israel’s army and in turn witnessed the cowardly response from the King Saul and his men, David was filled with righteous indignation. He perceived Israel’s fear and silence as a reproach!
I Samuel 17:26 And David said to the men standing by him, what shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?
I, like David, am wondering how the church could be cowering behind our four walls when we are supposed to be fighting in this battle head on with our all-powerful God. I have often wondered why King Saul and his men did not respond in anger at being mocked by Goliath the way David did. I have considered the following reasons why:
King Saul and his men did not have the intimate relationship with God like David.
Neither King Saul nor his men had been in communication with God, therefore they could not receive God’s guidance nor could their faith be increased. Because they had little or no faith, they were afraid because they were continually seeing and hearing the enemy defy them and their God. (Goliath and the Philistines).
I Samuel 17:11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
It was evident that Saul had long ceased seeking God for guidance by his own admission to the prophet Samuel.
I Samuel 13:12 I thought, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord. So I forced myself to offer a burnt offering.
Has the body of Christ neglected our relationship with God? The less time we spend with our captain (God), our faith gets weaker and we allow fear and doubt to set in.
Saul and his men did not have the same intense love for God as David.
The Church cannot fight the enemy without guidance from God. We can only get clear guidance from God through prayer and reading His word. What does a lack of communicating with God reveal about us? It can reveal that we have sin in our lives. It is difficult to have an intimate relationship with a Holy God when we have sin and disobedience in our lives. Sin separates us from God. Neglecting to spend time with God can also reveal our lack of true love for God. David had such an intimate relationship with God that God rejected Saul for David because God knew that David loved Him and would seek Him for guidance.
I Samuel 13:13-14 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly! You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God which He commanded you; for the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever; But now your kingdom shall not continue; the Lord has sought out [David] a man after His own [b]heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince and ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.
Saul and his men unlike David, saw Goliath (the enemy) as bigger than their God.
Saul magnified Goliath and minimized God. King Saul could not imagine that he and his men, let alone little David, could defeat Goliath. When we focus on our problems they become bigger than they really are. David probably didn’t even realize Goliath’s size because he was focused on God and how God had delivered him in the past. God had already delivered David from a lion and a bear. Where David remembered how God had delivered him in the past, Saul did not or was not able to recall how God had delivered him and his men in the past.
I Samuel 17:36-37 Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God! David said, The Lord Who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Go, and the Lord be with you!
When we witness the constant attacks on faith and the traditional family, it is easy to just give up and cower down. It is easy to say that the Liberal media, Hollywood, ACLU, GLAAD and Planned Parenthood are giants that are too big to defeat, but we must remember who our God is, who we are and what our mission is. We must get back to spending time in prayer and studying God’s word because the times are only going to get worse. The church might need to consider giving up its tax exempt status that which I believe has become a shackle around the church to prevent it from preaching against sin (mainly homosexuality). The Church must face its Goliath head on while lifting up the name of the Lord our God. The battle has just begun!