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Standing Firm for the Church

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

David’s blunt question both taunts Goliath and calls out his fellow Israelites. In David’s question is an astute observation: The Israelites are God’s people, so why are they allowing themselves to be mocked by some brute who doesn’t know God?

It’s easy to cheer for David and dislike Eliab for fussing him. But let’s be real. Many times, today’s church acts a lot more like the Israelite army than like David. When people mock the church, we often fall under the same paralysis that struck the Israelites. In the same way that Goliath took pride in his own strength, our culture writes off church as archaic and silly. It takes pride in humanity’s progress instead of God’s blessing. As the church, we are to make no apologies for standing firm in our profession of God’s power.

David had every reason to shy away from the battle, but he saw God’s intention for the Israelites. It was unacceptable to allow Goliath’s taunting to continue. It was time to take a stand. That was David’s story and it can be yours, too. Are you avoiding situations because they are hard or scary? Where you need to take a stand for what you believe?

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