WHY WE MUST PRAY IN THIS ELECTION 为何我们要在大选时期祷告

“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone and
struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.”
1 Samuel 17:50 NKJV

What killed Goliath? It wasn’t the sword, it was the slingshot. Amazing as it may seem, that was what finished him off. Why then did David cut off his head? It was for Israel’s sake. They needed to see from their lines that Goliath would never rise again. Conversely, David needed to show the Philistines that their champion was dead. The effect for one side was electrifying. For the other, it was devastating!

But here is the question: Why did the Bible sees it necessary to include this phrase, “But there was no sword in the hand of David” after the giant was dead? Surely a sword was no longer consequential to the outcome. Three reasons come to mind. The first was to highlight that David finished off Goliath with the latter’s own sword – a mark of utter disdain for him. Secondly, it showed David’s matured nous in combat. He never left anything to chance, never stalled to admire his handiwork, but moved swiftly to sever the giant’s head, just to be sure…

But the third reason is the heart of it all. It was to draw a contrast between God’s way and man’s ways. God’s way is a sling and stone. Man’s way is the sword. Slings and stones are useless against armoured giants of war. So we think. That’s why when the giants like corruption, religious extremism and racism stalk a nation, we instinctively reach for political, legal and media means first. We forget the humble sling-n-stone of prayer. David practiced repeatedly with a sling in obscurity before the stone flew. We must prostrate hidden, interceding before God. Injustice and unrighteousness may roar across the land like Goliath’s challenge; each time, our response must be to pray. We need to remember: it was not the sword that slayed the giant. The slingshot did it.

(An excerpt from Ps Philip’s upcoming book, “Slingshots”)

这样,大卫用机弦甩石,胜了那非利士人,打死他;大卫手中却没有刀。
撒母耳记上 17:50 (和合本)

究竟是什么置歌利亚于死地呢?并非尖锐的刀剑,而是机弦甩石。就这样轻而易举地把巨人毁灭,是何等的奇妙呀!那为何大卫要在事后把巨人的头给砍下呢?这是为了以色列才下此举动的,以色列人民需要亲眼见证,歌利亚已被彻底消灭。另一方面,大卫也要让非利士人看见,他们的首席战士已身亡了。对于一方来说是十分地振奋人心,而另一方却已被摧坚陷阵了!

但重点是这个 – 圣经为何要在巨人死后加上这段“大卫手中却没有刀”呢?显然,刀剑已不是这个结局的关键。但却有3个原因浮现在我脑海中。第一点是要强调大卫事后用歌利亚自己的剑了结歌利亚 – 表示他对巨人的极度蔑视。第二,此经文展现大卫在战斗中的成熟;他不率行事,亦不停下来欣赏自己的成就。反之,他捉紧时机,迅速地迈前去斩断巨人的头,以确保事情处理得干净利落…

然而,我认为第三点才是此经文的核心信息,为要划出了神的道路与人的道路之间的对比。神的道路是机弦甩石,而人的道路却是尖锐的刀剑。机弦甩石对于全副武装的巨人来说必是毫无威胁力的。因此我们就在想,这就是为什么当贪污腐败、宗教极端主义、种族歧视课题如同巨人扰乱我国时,我们本能的通过政治、法律及媒体来面对巨人。我们忘了,如用机弦和甩石般的谦卑祷告。大卫在用机弦甩出石头以前,也经常默默地用机弦反复练习。我们必须默默地来到神的跟前为国家屈膝敬拜。虽然,不公与不义就像歌利亚巨人般向着这片土地咆哮着。切记,我们每一次都要以祷告回应。我们必须谨记:打倒巨人的,并非尖锐的刀剑,而是机弦甩石。

(摘自Philip Lyn医生牧师即将面世的著作:Slingshots)

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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