Standing Up for a Cause
1 Samuel 17 : 28 — 29, “Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” NKJV
You have to commend young David for taking a bold stand with the animosity he had to incur. He was so inquisitive about the events transpiring that day in the valley of Elah that he didn’t allow the criticism of his oldest brother to deter him. When you read the accusations that Eliab leveled against David, it seemed that David was full of pride, but this wasn’t the case.
If you stand up for a cause that you strongly believe in, but you don’t hold a “position” of authority in that circumstance, then those involved in the situation may see your actions as prideful. We see this classic reaction from Eliab in this story. He had a position of authority in the military, but David didn’t. Therefore, when David spoke about the situation, his brother saw it as pride, not faith, and tried to silence him.
This is also the case in Acts 4, where Peter and John were used by the Lord to speak healing to the lame man at the temple. If you read chapter four, you will discover that the high priest, Annas, and other relatives of the high priest questioned the Apostles as to what power or name they did these things. Just as Eliab questioned David and criticized him, the high priest and those with him treated Peter and John the same way.
Likewise, when you take a stand for a cause, especially if you’re not directly involved in the situation or hold a position of power, your intentions will be brought into question to discount your legitimacy. I have given you scriptural proof to establish this principle to illustrate what can happen when Christians decide to take a stand for a cause. Your adversary, the Devil and your critics will seek ways to silence you.
This is why we must have faith in God and move under the leadership of the Holy Spirt when taking a stand. As Christians, we must know our spiritual authority, or we could allow the criticism and intimidation of our critics to make us feel inferior and silence us. This brings me to the point of today’s message. We’re in this world, but according to Jesus, we’re not of this world. Why? Because He has chosen us out of the world, and the world hates us (John 15 : 19). So, when we speak out on an issue or stand up for a cause, the world will criticize, accuse us falsely, or attempt to silence us; and like Peter and John, they may question our authority.
If you want to know why Christians aren’t more vocal about social issues that go against Biblical teachings, this principle should shed some light on it. Jesus has called us to be salt and light in this world. Therefore, we must choose, as Peter did in Acts 4, to obey God’s will, not man’s will, when we’re being criticized or intimated for taking a stand. Remember, God is with you, and He is for you. Be like David and don’t back down just because someone is threatened by you or jealous of you. Keep your eyes on the Lord and stand for what’s right.
Standing on God’s Promises,
Pastor Asa Dockery