Friday, February 11, 2011

Slaying Giants - Entry 8

Using the historical account recorded in 1 Samuel 17 as a metaphor for the cultural battles raging in the nations we next read, “…the Philistine came forward morning and evening for forty days, and took his stand.”

In this ideological interchange, and especially as our culture has “evolved” into a more heathen mentality, we find an ongoing assault against the Creator, His moral order and those who choose to align themselves with Him. This is especially evident in the slanted, biased reporting of a large percentage of the news media and the influence of the entertainment industry. Both are quite influential in shaping the minds of those inclined to follow their tendency to involuntarily swallow that which they are spoon-fed.

“As he (David) was talking with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine from Gath named Goliath, was coming up from the army of the Philistines, and he spoke these same words; and David heard them. When all the men of Israel saw the man, they fled from him and were greatly afraid.”

Once again, we see the army showing that they are governed by their fear of this “giant”. The worse thing the people of God can do is run and hide from the ideological challenges we face. As I’ve stated in a previous entry, we must be familiar with the principles and truths communicated in Scripture but we are not to “hide behind” Scripture and excuse ourselves from being familiar the thoughts and ideas present in other sources. We must learn to think and analyze as we prepare to be the pillar and support of the truth. To say the least, in the midst of the vast number of ministries we need to engage in as the body of Christ, we must not overlook the importance of equipping, encouraging, supporting and sending forth those, among the ranks, who can function well in such a capacity. Not only can such individuals effectively guard against the attacks being waged against God’s kingdom, but they can help sharpen the and equip each of us to be better able to give a reason for the hope that is within us.

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