Me against all Christendom (exhibit three)


In the first two exhibits I have shown how an entire people, even the people of God, can miss what God has for them, including the gospel.  This means the average person to the political and spiritual leaders.  To lay out my third example, I need to do it a little differently.  I have to tell it in a story, a story that retails of a time I was sassing the great I Am.

I am one of those unstable people who can not tell if I am called or not.  The things I want to be and do for the Lord qualifies me as one who suffers from grandiosity.  This according to one of my former pastors.  Anyway in my former life I used to drive a commercial truck and was always gone.  Of course wrestling with a calling does not leave you alone while on the road, it seems to nag one even more.

In my frustration I started telling God he doesn’t need me.  I started to explain to Him that He doesn’t need me because He has this pastor and that pastor.  He doesn’t need me because He has this great man of God and that great man of God.  The further I went down the highway the more complete my list got.  Then I finally summed it up with a long drawn out sarcastic, “And you got Billy Graham!”

Now to exhibit three.

In an instance in my mind, an understanding came to me about the circumstances involved in David slaying Goliath. 

The one who should have led the people into battle that day failed to do so.  He of all people had the right from God to lead.  Instead of leading them into battle, he led them into cowardice.  He failed to believe and act on his Kingship that was ordained by God.

The army was the ones who were experienced in battle.  They had the history and the promises of God being with them in battle.  They knew that all other gods were false gods and could not deliver their enemies.  Yet they who God ordained through the Law of Moses to fight in battle forgot who it was they served and who it was that fought for them. 

The Levites and the House of Aaron should have been the first on the scene to speak the word of the Lord to go forth into battle.  They should have been the ones so close to the heart of the Lord they would known His heart and the obvious outcome of the battle that day.  But they too failed to understand who it was they served and like the Samaritans of long ago and the Samericans of today they literally worshiped what they did not know.

But there was this one boy who worshiped, and he knew who it was to whom he worshiped.  He understood the heart and mind of the Lord that day.  He understood the obvious outcome of the battle that day.  The whole nation of the people of God got it wrong that day, but not this one boy.  Nobody else who had a divine right to lead politically, spiritually or to fight that day had it right.  Their understanding did not allow for faith in God to work on that day.  But God found one who without a throne led that day.  One without a priestly garment or duties understood the heart of God that day.  One without battle experience showed the most courage that day.

Then a heard in my heart a very firm, “I will use who I want, so shut up!”  So I shut up and pondered what I had just experienced and learned.  But I did shut up.

So God has shown me how a whole nation, even a people of God can get it wrong.  God showed me that it is very possible for one to stand up against politics, religion and brute force and say you are wrong!  This is the right way!

Since this experience, I have always felt that the big deal that day wasn’t slaying one giant.  The big deal is standing up to a king and saying I will lead.  Standing up to the army and saying I will show courage.  And standing up to the priest and say, I know God.

We all know that David did a great thing that day, but we seem to not realize that he stepped on a lot of toes too.  Before he slew Goliath, what was it his brothers said to him?

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”[1]

I know when I say, it is me against all Christendom, it makes me appear conceited too.  I know it makes my heart appear wickedly arrogant to say I know the better way, I know the correct way, walk this way.  I know some only think I come to pick a fight and argue semantics.  But time will tell.  Only God can show in time if I am correct or if I am only a fool.  But for now the scriptures show me I am no fool and I need to stand up and say to the people of God, “You do not understand the gospel you hope in, nor do you practice the faith you say you posses.”

So yes, for now it is me against all Christendom.


[1] I Samuel 17:28

4 thoughts on “Me against all Christendom (exhibit three)

  1. I truly understand the feeling, “me against all Christendom,” for your talk with the Lord is a talk I also have had, and continue to have. I feel led apart from the rest, and I fight it like Jonah, but the Lord hasn’t let up. And I as well feel like I’ve been shown truth that my friends and family seem to have missed, even maybe staining a friendship with a pastor I know. I know the loneliness that accompanies the road traveled alone, the doubt, as you put it, maybe we’re only fools, only He knows, but here we are, traveling none the less.

    • The more I study and feel like the Holy Spirit is speaking to me , the more I become an oddity and spiritual recluse to those I know. People just don’t want to see and hear, unless your talking shopping, sports, movies and hunting.

  2. Beautiful. Heartfelt post. The record of David and Goliath is a powerful reminder of what is accomplished when man yields himself to God. In that ‘yielding’…God defeats the enemy. It is my desire to walk out with only a shepherd’s sling, pick up 5 stones as instructed, load the sling, fire….and watch God’s power propel it to the target. The ‘stone’ which destroyed Goliath the Pillistine…enemy of God’s people…had to be symbolic of the ‘stone cut out without hands’ which smote the ‘image’ on the foot and brake it into dust (Daniel). The battle remains the Lord’s through chosen Davids, Josephs, Esthers, Rahabs. He alone is our ‘rock’, shield, deliverer, fortress, and strength.

    Again, very touching post.

    Carolyn

  3. I have created a page on my own blog titled “Dear glasseyedave,” that I would like to invite you to comment on as I write on it to facilitate the dialog we have spoken of recently. I look forward to this lengthy conversation as I hope you will come comment so we can replay and replay. The page as is is just an introduction to this idea of debating/dialogging/conversing, and I hope to get my first true point up quickly about the meaning of hope. My address is rwawok.wordpress.com. Until then…

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