Go through, go through the gates, clear the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, remove the stones, lift up a standard for the peoples. Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, say to the daughter of Zion, “Lo, your salvation comes; behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him (Isa.62:10, 11).
Christians, with all the promises of God in scripture, ought to be confident, outgoing people, who have faith in God and trust in His word. This should be normal for us.
On the day that David came up to visit his brothers on the battlefield, you’d think that the opposite was true. The Bible says that
When all the men of Israel saw the man [Goliath], they fled from him and were greatly afraid (I Sam.17:24).
What had happened? Did they have a sacred/secular dichotomy going, where they took one set of attitudes to church, but another set to everything else they were attending to? The confidence they could have taken from God’s word to Joshua,
Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go (Joshua 1:7).
This confidence had evaporated, in the face of Goliath. Yes, he was a threatening, very big man. And he had a lot to say concerning the men of Israel, and no one was willing to go after him.
It seems to me as if the church has done the same in the face of the coronavirus. There’s been a great deal of noise and threat concerning it, coming out of politicians and medical bureaucrats, but so what?
It’s another flu variant. People sometimes die from it, as they do from any flu, but if we consider the flu’s demographics, the fatalities resulting from it in the West (the last time I checked), are around four people in every thousand of those who contract it, and those four will probably be frail, elderly people.
Why has coronavirus become another Goliath? The Philistines wanted to intimidate Israel using Goliath: to dominate them. It seemed to be working, until David arrived with supplies for his brothers, and heard the big man’s shouts.
David wasn’t impressed. He didn’t believe in this sacred/secular dichotomy nonsense, because it had nothing to do with God’s Word. Rather, he chose to believe in the scriptures, and act upon them. He thought this intimidation tactic needed to be confronted, so he volunteered to do it.
The fact that he hardly seemed to be prepared for the kind of action that’d be required, seemed of little consequence to him. He thought he had God on his side: what more could he need?
What’s more, David had some form behind him. He told Saul that there’d been a lion and a bear before, that had taken a lamb, but he’d risen to the occasion then, and killed them. What should distinguish Goliath? (I Sam.17:34-37).
He went forth, found 5 smooth stones, and his leadership led to a great victory for Israel.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had almost nothing to do with public health and almost everything to do with separating, impoverishing, and disconnecting people inclined to vote against the ruling class.
Let’s stop kidding ourselves: the vast majority of political leaders today internationally, are infected with Leftist dogma, so they are utterly hostile to God and His Word; they are His “enemies.”
Sometimes, Leftist politicians let their true colours show, but they commonly try to conceal them. Being a socialist, Hitler scorned the church, but he didn’t want his attitude to be known. He said of the German Protestants,
You can do anything you want with them…they will submit…they are insignificant little people, submissive as dogs, and they sweat with embarressment when you talk to them.
When Christians trust that their political leaders will always have their best interests at heart, we only display our abysmal ignorance, both of scripture and history. For most of the church’s history, it’s relationship with governments has been uneasy, at best. It’s all a matter of,
Who is Lord? Christ or Caesar?
Historically, the biggest intruder and violator the family, the church and a free society has confronted, has been the State. It was the State under Pharoah that kidnapped the Hebrews and murdered their babies, and sought to kill Moses (see Exodus 1-2). It was the State that murdered Jesus’ forerunner John, that tried to kill Jesus as a baby (see Mat.2), then murdered Him around AD 33. Not content with this, it then attacked His church (Acts 12:1-3; Rev.13:1-7).
It’s plain to me that the political leaders who’ve been willing to impose lockdowns on communities, and doing things like closing State borders, compelling a multitude of retail outlet closures for months on end, and forcing people to wear masks and restricting community movement, are not the slightest bit concerned about their community’s welfare. They are concerned (like all tyrants) to maintain and develop their personal power. The issue of oppression or the hardship of the needy, is of no consequence to them.
In fact, they see this as a challenge being put to them, for them to win. They want to put their thumbs down on those idiot people! Well, those “idiot people” will do well to realise what scripture says:
…All those that hate me love death (Prov.8:36).
The longer the lockdowns persist, the more entrenched the public health bureaucrats will become. They will not surrender authority. They will demand budget increases.
Goliath’s appearance demanded a response. For forty days, he got none, till David turned up. His brave, faith-filled and godly leadership suddenly changed things that day: wow!
Right now, we have merchants of death ruling us, scorning us and making demands of us, in what we thought were democratic nations. What’s to be done?
God’s people must raise a standard of resistance. Isn’t this a Christian duty?
Will we do it? There will be a reward.
 Gary North (www.garynorth.com), “Is the 2020 Election the Point of no Return?” 16/10/2020.
 Found in Rauschning, “The Voice of Destruction,” p.54, quoted in William Shirer,” The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” 1968, p.329.
 Gary North (www.garynorth.com), “No Unlockdowns This Year, or Next,” 16/10/2020.