Friday, February 04, 2011

Slaying Giants - Entry 3

Using the historical account recorded in 1 Samuel 17 as a metaphor for the cultural battles raging in the nations we begin by reading, "Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; and they were gathered at Socoh which belongs to Judah…”

Isn’t it interesting that the battles (referring here to ideological battles) that take place are on God’s turf. God is willing to share this turf with His children. He is even secure enough to allow others to make bold efforts to pick fights with Him and His people on His turf. The number of applications available is tremendous. Much like the prodigal son, people take what belongs to the Father and, in a dishonoring, insulting manner, wastefully commence to use it to promote destruction in a variety of creative and not so creative ways. The minds we use to engage in our ideological battles are minds given to us by the Father. How great the number of people who use their God-given minds in a dishonoring, insulting manner, denying His existence, suppressing His truth and formulating strategies for carrying out mutiny. Consider, for example, the statement of the Darwinian Goliath Richard Dawkins as he wrote, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully” (The God Delusion). Consider the “fruit” such a naturalistic-macro-evolutionary ideology will position man to produce. Each person, his or her soul, mind, body, the nations, all the earth and the universe our little planet is part of belongs to God. Incredibly, God is willing to share truth designed to promote life, blessing and prosperity in the nations. This truth we must humbly receive and act upon. Those who “gathered everything and (go) on a journey into a distant country” (Lk.15:13), who take their mental abilities and formulate ideologies contrary to the principles of God’s kingdom, will eventually find themselves (and those who embrace their ideologies) “to be in need” (Lk.15:14). There is a wisdom which makes us fools and beggars (Ro.1:22, 1 Co.1:20; 3:19-20, Lk.15:15) when, in fact, God is willing to share truth and understanding that is only intended to bless us and, in the most beautiful and proper way possible, increase our freedom (Dt.29:29, Amos 3:7, Jn.8:31-32, 2 Ti.3:16-17).

It is time for the church to nurture, equip and send forth our “Davids” into every social sphere and institution, armed with the slings and stones needed to destroy speculations raised up against the knowledge of God.

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