“Is there not a cause…?”
Today is part 2 in the 10-part series of Questions in the Bible that I’m addressing.
“Is there not a cause?” ~ I Samuel 17:29
David and Goliath is probably one of the most well-known “children’s” Bible stories taught in churches around the world. Everyone loves a hero. Everyone loves a happy ending. Everyone loves a courageous individual who’s willing to go against the grain, beat all odds, and win the girl in the end. (yeah, David won himself a wife with this fight, remember?) mehh…
Anywho, back to what I was saying…
Everyone loves a hero. Everyone wants to be a hero. However, not everyone wants to pay the price of being a hero – no one ever really wants to fight the fight, argue the point – people are usually just in it for the recognition, the money, and the red carpet.
With David that was not the case. He fought the fight not for the fame, but for the Father. Capital F. He argued the point because it was the right thing to do, not because it was the popular thing to do.
In fact, while everyone else was shaking in their boots (or camel-skin sandals, whatever), He stood up to this massive hulk of a man and told Goliath –more or less– “You’re going down!”
That takes courage; but more than that – it takes trust in God. It took some great faith on David’s part to stand up to someone who was 9-and-a-half feet tall with a powerful, fearless army backing him… especially when David was only 17 years old.
I’m in my 20’s and even I don’t possess a faith that strong. David was quite a young man.
So how does this relate to us today?
Let’s say Goliath represents the world, sin, and all untruths. As Christians, we are to take a stand against these things. However, I’ve noticed many Christians doing the exact opposite. I see Christians dropping the truth like a hot rock and buying into lies. I have watched Christians forsake what they once stood for, and embrace compromise. I have watched churches drop their stance on the Word, Faith, and Doctrine as they try to be more “relevant” and “comfortable” in an effort to draw in a larger crowd.
I thought it wasn’t about the numbers? Quality, not quantity? I’m not saying that having a large church is sinful. I’m saying that the reasons and ways you draw in numbers to grow said church might not always be right. It all depends on the motivation behind the methods.
So I echo with David — Is there not a cause?
Is there not a cause to stay faithful to the truth?
Is there not a cause to shun all appearances of evil?
Is there not a cause to live clean, pure, and holy lives?
Is there not a cause to live lives that are separated from the world?
Is there not a cause to keep our testimonies spotless from questioning?
Is there not a cause to stand for the truth?