Thursday, February 03, 2011
Slaying Giants - Entry 2
As we begin to look at the account of David’s encounter with Goliath and use it as a metaphor for facing the “giants” in our age and our culture that “taunt the armies of the living God”, I first emphasize that, unlike the account of David and Goliath, we are not interested in literally killing our enemies. There have been and still are ideologies that encourage such an approach. Christianity is not among them. I will go a step further and suggest that if this endeavor is not accompanied by a spirit (or Spirit) of love, we are not advancing the kingdom of God at all. Though we recognize the need to destroy speculations that are raised up against a knowledge of God, there is no need to hate the individuals that entertain such speculations. It might be appropriate to operate out of an aggressive urgency, but not out of hatred. The “battle” we are engaging in is a battle of ideas. Having emphasized that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood” (as was David’s) but is a struggle of ideas that will produce, either, good “fruit” (the fruit of God’s kingdom) or bad “fruit” in our material world, I next emphasize that the ideas in question have a spiritual foundation. Paul states, “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly place.” His solution to this challenge involves such things as truth, righteousness, taking good news wherever you go, faith, salvation, the Word of God (truth again) and prayer. As we proceed to analyze 1 Samuel 17 and consider the task of “slaying giants” I ask that you keep these things in mind.