1 Samuel 14, records the exciting story of Jonathan and his armor-bearer’s defeat of an entire garrison of Philistine soldiers. The Israelite army joined the fray and routed the enemy. However, unknown to Jonathan; Saul had made a rash and egotistical vow that anyone tasting food before the utter defeat of the Philistines would be executed.
When the king discovered that Jonathan had eaten some honey off the point of his spear, he demanded that his own son should be killed. The maniacal ruler had every intention of carrying out his edict, but the people rose up against Saul and prevented him from fulfilling his diabolical plan. They rightly judged that Jonathan’s bravery was primarily responsible for their victory. In the truest since of the word Jonathan was saved by the people.
The question begs for a definite answer: “Where are the people?” When seasoned veterans of the cross who have borne the battle in the heat of the day are unceremoniously kicked through the retirement door. Where is protest of the people when faithful ministers for mere stipends kept the doors of many of our smaller churches open? Where are the people when right is forever on the scaffold and wrong forever on the throne? Where is the compassion of the people for those faithful shepherds of the flock whose health has been broken by the stressors of their profession?
Sadly, the constituents of this conference are the only hope for the ministerial staff since many are like a herd of buffalo: too dumb to run and too cowardly to fight. The people of this conference are like the E. F. Hutton ad: When they speak, write, call, Email, people listen at the conference, the union, the division, and the General Conference. “The easiest way for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.”
By the Apostle