And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.”
And David said unto Saul, “Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.”
– I Samuel 17:28, 34-36, KJV (quotation marks added)
A giant is out there.
A giant who is eating spouses.
A giant who is destroying families.
A giant who is decimating communities.
And this giant is a mocker!
He mocks Christ while destroying His Bride from the inside.
This giant’s name is
My name is David.
I am a pastor, a shepherd of souls.
Like my namesake, I am confronted by brother (and sister) ministers who are quick to tell me how I am not ready to face this giant.
“You sound angry, hurt.”
“It’s too soon.”
“You’re too young and inexperienced.”
And like my namesake, I am told how to “properly” fight this giant. My methods seem too primitive. People are concerned that my methods are too raw, and I will regret my rookie mistakes.
To the naysayers, I have this challenge:
Where is your blog challenging the lies Adultery hurls and propagates about faithful spouses day in and day out?
Why aren’t you as concerned as I am about this giant running free and mocking our Lord?
Who are you to say God has not called and equipped me for such an hour as this?*
From where I am sitting, you strike me just as David’s elder brother, Eliab, does:
Someone who is unwilling to confront the giant yet actively discouraging me from doing so.
This is not your call. The giant needs to be confronted.
I am answering God’s “call to arms.”
God has delivered me from the mouths of lions and bears. He has shown me how to slay the demonic lies sent to destroy. God has given me a testimony of deliverance.
I refuse to stand idly by and watch this giant continue to destroy and mock.
My name is David.
And no mere human will stop me from confronting this giant with my Lord.
*To be clear: I understand not everyone is specifically called and equipped to minister to infidelity and divorce survivors. My concern here is over actively discouraging someone who is.