Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Giant Slayer and Saul.

Sometimes in a less than healthy church environment the subject of authority gets twisted and maligned, especially when it comes to the addressing of what is right with a person in "power".

We talked a little bit about how a man can be accused of being rebellious, and Korah and how there are pastors out there who will try to destroy you if you suggest that they're doing things in a wrong manner.  One of the things that they'll bring up is authority and they'll probably talk about David and how he punished the man who slayed Saul for bringing the sword against the Lords anointed.

I would like to extrapolate that comparison to how it's being applied today.

Does the fact that Saul was anointed by God excuse your pastor from committing sin or exempt him from accountability?

Lets take a look at some passages:

Now Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants to put David to death. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, greatly delighted in David. ( 1 sam 19:1)

Right off the bat, We see that the Lord's anointed is telling everyone to murder another one of the Lord's anointed. Let's back up a bit though..

 It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. The women sang as they played, and said,
“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”
Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?”  Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.
Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand.  Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David escaped from his presence twice. Now Saul was afraid of David, for the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul. .( 1 sam 18)

The whole reason that Saul is going crazy and trying to kill David, The anointed of the Lord is because
1. He is threatened by David and He thinks that he is challenging his authority.
2. He has some crazy evil spiritual madness. 

Some pastors want to say that if you bring an "accusation" against them, then you're raising the sword to Saul so to speak. Following that same logic, of them being Saul,

They're mad at you, thinking you're trying to take their authority ( this is not humility)
They're probably going to start throwing proverbial spears at you in an attempt to justify themselves.
 Usually they'll try to paint a picture of you wanting authority and trying to elevate your position, even though you keep taking about a thing that is wrong... they'll keep talking about you.

I would hope that nobody would surround a pastor in support, who is wildly waving a gun in the air and popping off a few rounds into people that disagree with them, yet, isn't that what we see? We see people that flock to this "challenging authority" idea and get fixated on this notion that more often than not, the victim of a spiritual abuse is is the danger that must be neutralized. After all, if the victims weren't groaning from being shot, then there would be more harmony and quiet in the body right?
Label it what you will, unjust weights and measures, calling good evil and evil good, turning a blind eye to justice, giving preferential treatment based on position...  It's wrong.  It's manipulation and its wrong.

David, the Giant Slayer, was said that he was a man after God's own heart. It isn't rebellion to say "Saul, you get a little murderous and you shouldn't be trying to kill people, eat a snickers"
Speaking to your pastor about issues that you may see shouldn't be compared to rebellion. He shouldn't get angry. He shouldn't have closed door secret meetings to talk about how to deal with the issue of you.

It is also worth noting that Saul was the one that killed Saul. 
Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword and pierce me through with it, otherwise these uncircumcised will come and pierce me through and make sport of me.” But his armor bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. So Saul took his sword and fell on it.
-1 sam 31

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