“Is there not a cause?” These challenging words were recorded almost 3000 years ago, as uttered by youthful David in the face of overwhelming odds.
For 40 days the army of Israel had been intimidated by the taunting voice of Goliath, the Philistine giant. Enlisted regulars were fearful and going AWOL. However, young David, on a break from the monotonous task of herding his father’s sheep, could not bear the thought of allowing the giant’s defiance to go unanswered. He rose up in the strength of his God and defeated the enemy. (See 1 Sam.17)
The voices of many “Goliaths” are still thundering out one defiant challenge after another. The continual assault against decency, morality, family, and the home are but a few of the onslaughts, not to mention a growing web of social issues – issues for which society seemingly has no answers.
Wars and rumors of wars are coming from practically every corner of the globe, and it is impossible to comprehend the carnage being inflicted upon mankind globally without wondering where the voice is that will cry, “It is enough!”
Disclosures of misconduct in the lives of Christian leaders have served to weaken the voice of evangelicals. Such disclosure gives license for all manner of jokes, cartoons, and other forms of derogatory rhetoric in an attempt to put all Christians in the same hypocritical category.
The result of this onslaught is that many Christians are intimidated and no longer want to be recognized as such – at least not openly. True godly ministries are being hindered because of a lack of financial support. Church attendance is sliding.
Some time ago a survey of church members found that:
- 10% cannot be found…anywhere;
- 20% never attend a service;
- 25% admit they never pray;
- 35% admit they never read their Bible;
- 40% never contribute to the church;
- 60% never study any religious material;
- 75% never assume any responsibility in their church;
- 85% never invited anyone else to church;
- 95% never won another person to Christ;
- 100% expect to go to Heaven!
The sad tale of statistics such as these reveals the complacency in many professed believers. I appeal to all who claim the name of “Christian” to stand up and be counted! Make yourself available for service in whatever the capacity of your gifting.
As the philosophy of humanism, liberal theology, “wrong is right,” and narcissism invade the church; the rousing cry in the heart of committed Christians should once again be: “Is there not a cause?”
The cause of Christ is as pertinent today – and perhaps even more so – as it has been any time in history. As the pressures of life mount, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb.10:23-25)
The cause of Christ demands it.