1 Samuel 22:2
And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
If you had been anointed king while there was an anointed king, who would you choose for companions? Would you choose people who had so little backbone they do not so much as bark at the thief and robber? Who would you accept as comrades? Let me suggest an A-list.
- A priest
- A scribe
- A wise and wonderful woman
- An experienced warrior
- A creative cook
- A butcher
- A farmer
- A wealthy and prosperous landowner
- A healer
- A prophet
- The young and fit
- The successful blacksmith and tradesmen
Missing the great and famous
How did I do with the list?
God chose the unwise, the foolish things of the world, the weak things of the world, the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, not the mighty, and not the noble.
Might we be missing our calling with our choices of associations? I’ll bet! We live in a generation that thinks it must have chosen God’s way and deserves to be recognized for doing so. It really does. Where do we get our heroes? They are not from Galilee, the jungles of South America, Gaza, East Jerusalem, the refugee camps, or the reservations of First Nations. Many of us are saying what Peter said when offered food the majority of humans love and thrive on. Many of us would go hungry instead of accepting food from an unclean bird. Most of us have trouble accepting the Christ himself because of his earthly lifestyle which is still a stiff rebuke to our 21st century priorities and ideals. Christ and his disciples do not play “dance to my music and I will dance to yours “.
The assemblies of the Christian church have been deteriorating into star events where the arrangement is no longer private – churches are not publicly traded corporations, nor participatory. Someone, usually of questionable competence in the Biblical message gets up and talks at us for up to an hour and we are expected to only say amen, even when it is obvious that the speaker is regurgitating poorly processed foods and is not equipped to handle either milk or nuts. I stopped being a yes yesman when I was a teenager. The chances of me getting bogged down in digitally-enabled Christian fellowship are not good. I can assure you that hordes of yesmen are in the making and the makers will wax worse and worse. There is nothing to stop the use of the mute and disconnect button when a legit point is raised in these sessions or a question that exposes the vanity of sloganism.
Gospel Integrity is Interpretation not Repetition
I reserve the right to say “Not so” and “Where did you get that thought?” because the gospel message deserves to have men and women who know how to say both yes and no with confidence, and the cause of Christ can only be exposed to ridicule if people keep cherishing the role assigned them by the new and shameful yesmen.