Whether we speak of giants, dragons or institutions of our society, Britain is certainly in need of spiritual warriors! Legend has it that St George, the Patron Saint of England, was a champion dragon slayer!
We can actively engage with the major areas of influence within our society. However, we are thinking so much about mythological dragons but the real giants that do exist in Britain today. David, the shepherd boy, will be our model.
The image of the teenage David, single-handedly slaying Goliath and rescuing the nation from the Philistine invasion, is one hundred per cent applicable to our situation. We are facing a battle where the odds are impossibly stacked against us. Christians are a minority group in Britain and the battle is being fought on slanted ground. The Media, generally speaking, is biased against Christianity, especially evangelical Christianity. Our lawmakers are more concerned with pushing back the boundaries of traditional values than they are keen to conserve the Christian consensus present in British culture and history. Big business is selling our birthright for a mess of economic pottage. The children of Esau are still with us today.
The effects of the economical crisis look to be with us for the immediate future and the nation may have to wait a full decade before its economy fully recovers. Without a doubt, the national landscape will be decidedly different when we do finally emerge from the financial crisis. The foreign financial backers who are propping up our economy with loans and investments do not do so merely out of the goodness of their hearts. There will be a religious and spiritual price to pay, and the Christian faith will be the sacrificial lamb.
How then do we fight? Not with the weapons of the world, for sure. The battle is spiritual and ideological, not physical. Love remains the strongest force in the universe, for God himself is love. Compassion, faith, good works and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ are the only means by which the true enemy will be identified, unmasked and overthrown. Nothing short of a fully mobilized and faith-filled church can ever bring about the much needed reformation of our society.
Hyped-up rhetoric is never enough. We must act. We must engage our world through the love of Christ. We must become the Davids of our generation. After all, if God is with us, who can be against us?