“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” Can you see the young man asking this question? Righteous anger burns within him. Will no one take a stand? Each of you are the strongest and bravest of the Israelites, won’t you do anything? The King himself, the one chosen to lead the people, sits by in fear doing nothing. Subsequently, the one who is willing to fight for the Lord is criticized. Outside vilification is expected but these words come from a brother. “I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart” he says. Yet David, with a heavenly wisdom, addresses the true matter by saying, “Is there not a cause?”. (I Sam. 17)
Is there not a cause? Such a pondering question for David to ask; yet I find myself asking this very one. Millions of babies are being murdered in our country; the sanctity of marriage is being attacked on all fronts; humanistic teachings, evolution, and homosexuality is being ingrained into the impressionable minds of our children; witchcraft and sorcery flows throughout all of society, heretical and false teaching comes from pulpits all across America and sin abounds within the church. It has been said that the “average” Christian looks so much like the world that you can’t tell the two apart. Dear Christian, is there not a cause? Have we forgotten who we are? Have we lost the will to fight? Have we forgotten that we are called to reprove unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11), exhort the unruly (I Thess 5:14) and abhor evil (Romans 12:9)? Is there not a cause?
‘Choose your battles’ some would say. I’ve chosen mine. I chose mine the day I chose Christ. We must love people with the love of Christ and fight for their souls. We must stand up for what’s right without fear and never compromise on the Word of God. We must be blameless and harmless, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation and shine as light of this world! And, we must fight. Martin Luther, standing against the heresies of the Roman Catholic Church, understood the principle of fighting. He stated, “If I profess, with the loudest voice and clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battle fields besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” Now, dear Christian lady, lift up your eyes, read the headlines, talk to a teenager, look into Hollywood and all the powers of this modern world and ask yourself, “Is there not a cause?”