Taking a Stand

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“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26).

Introduction

David saw the army of Israel cowering beneath the shadow of the giant Goliath. While he defied the armies of the Lord, not one of those professional soldiers had any faith. The armies of the Living God in the church today can be compared with the fearful in David’s day. We claim to trust in Him, but we allow the giants that the world exalts to hinder us, and some have made peace treaties with those who defy the Lord.

Conquered cowards

During the last five decades Christians have allowed ungodliness, false teaching and pseudo-science to advance without taking a stand for the truth. Abortion is a case in point. Very few people today consider abortion to be evil, yet the same people would want to imprison anyone who stole a kestrel’s egg from its nest. Morality has been turned upside down because human life holds little value today. Many in our churches make excuses for not standing against abortion and even see it as a legitimate medical procedure in certain circumstances. Are they not simply hiding from Goliath?

What about homosexuality? This sinful practice used to be considered a crime when godliness ruled the land, but now homosexuals are to be found flaunting themselves in religious garb. Even high-ranking church leaders say that it cannot be sin if the people concerned love each other, no wonder they agree to perform civil partnerships. Our young people are gradually being brainwashed into accepting this sin as a normal part of life.

There are many other Goliaths that defy the Lord and His word. Each one of them has been allowed to terrify God’s people into silence. While Christ gave us no orders to protest against all the evils in society, we have been commissioned to preach the remedy for them. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20). We do not have to be professionals to get the job done, but simply, like David, take our stand for the truth. “I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts” (1 Samuel 17:45).

Clear consequences

There is a price to be paid for cowardice, one that is very evident in life today. People, especially our children, are not being taught the three Rs, righteousness, respect and responsibility. These are firmly based in God’s word, but since they are not taught the Scriptures, they do not know the consequences of sin. Though man has cast off what he considers to be a hindrance to his freedoms, he has become enslaved to sin. Let us remember that we are all someone’s servants! “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16).

Sadly, because of cowardice, many turn a blind eye to what is going on within the church. The very things that some Christians need to be delivered from are in fact dragging them down to Hell. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Paul makes it clear that we should not allow them to fellowship with us. “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person” (1 Corinthians 5:11-13). Then church has largely refused to carry out the Lord’s command to disciple new believers, and we clearly see the consequences of this, for good Bible instruction has been replaced with entertainment pep talks. If we do not “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” then we have become “unprofitable servants” and make those we bring in “twofold more the child of hell” (Jude :3, Matthew 25:30,  Matthew 23:15).

Christian courage

We need to have the courage of our convictions! Paul calls on us to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10) and “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). As Christ’s soldiers, we are to be clothed with “the whole armour of God” so that we can “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). If we do not carry out the Lord’s commands then He has no choice but to pour out His judgements, for when our “light” is hidden “under a bushel” then “darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” (Matthew 5:15, Isaiah 60:2). Therefore we are to blame.

David had fought the lion and the bear, so the Philistines with their giant were considered no match for someone who trusted in the Lord. While everyone else is cowering in fear, let us stand firm in faith. No matter how big and mighty the giants might be, they are insignificant compared with the presence of God in us. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Anyway, Jesus has already promised that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against” the church of the Living God (Matthew 16:18). It is this faith in Him that will cast “down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Conclusion

We must take our stand against ungodliness, and the best way to do this is by being obedient to what the Lord asks of us. We need to be pro-active for the truth rather than protesting against error. “And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:47). If we trust in the Lord as David did, then our Goliaths will be conquered. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

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