Connecting the Dots in an Unconnected World

Friday, July 9, 2010

Is There Not a Cause?

In the 17th chapter of I Samuel the army of Israel was facing their enemy the Philistines and the champion of the Philistines the giant Goliath. When David arrives Goliath is taunting the army of God’s people and their God. As the boy shepherd David surveys the scene he proposes a timely question “Is there not a cause?”

This may well be the preeminent question that you and I face in 21st century America. The Goliath’s that oppose our faith are enormous. The challenges that Biblical Christianity face are numerous in our land. The task of taking the Gospel to the world is imperative. Often we, like the army of Israel, shrink away from the challenges that are leveled against our faith and our service to God. If we are to win the battle we must answer the query “Is there not a cause?”

We tend to view our world and our service to Christ through a lense of apathy and indifference. We far too often see our challenges as insurmountable and overwhelming. We fail to recognize the power of our God and the importnat place that we fill in His plan.

I submit that the ills in our culture or in our communities of faith will tumble when we recognize and respond by seeing these challenges as a cause. What would happen if our Bible Study class became a cause, our children became a cause, our service to Christ through His church became a cause or our lost neighbor became a cause? We would move from apathy to excitement, from lethargy to commitment and from indifference to genuine concern. Life would become focused and exciting and our service to Christ would become an adventure.

David defeated the giant Goliath because he recognized and responded to the challenge. I ask you today “Is there not a cause?”

Attempting to connect the dots…

Romans 1:16

"Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem a turned it into an opportunity."
~ Joseph Sugarman


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