Opinion: Shouldn’t The Church Embrace Individuality

by Matheus Yuhlung

One morning while reading George H Morrison’s devotional piece entitled The Type of Tyranny; I was intrigued by the way he interpreted how David refused to fight Goliath with Saul’s armour on his body – as both were two different individuals made differently by God; what fitted one couldn’t fit the other. And while I was still reading; I could draw a sharp resemblance of it with the way our contemporary Church leaders has failed to incorporate the individuality of its members (which are unacquainted to them) in the fellowship of Christ. Consider the verse below:

“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armour on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. ‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them’” – 1 Samuel 17:38-39

Now, when David protested I cannot go in these; does it ever occur to you if Saul had replied “No! You juvenile jejune – what do you know about the wealth of this armour? How dare you disrespect even if it is in ignorance, the beauty of our culture and tradition? Don’t you know we have always fought with this armour on and so did our forefathers – so shall you fight in these too.” And then what would have happened? Goliath would have slaughtered David in two while he tried walking up to him with those unneeded armour on.

Is it not true that God made everyone differently in accordance with the purpose He had in mind for us? The matter of the fact is that He did! Else we’d just be clones of one another – like the invaded members of the human/alien group in the Nicole Kidman starer The Invasion; we’d all be united – there wouldn’t be any strife, there’d be peace and unanimity but there won’t be any essence living at all.

And it is so unfortunate to see such loss of talent when our church leaders fail to acknowledge such beauty of the creator’s schemes. There are in the world – broadly: thinkers and doers; and if a doer[i] has taken the seat of authority, and he fails to recognise the need of the talents of his counterpart he makes himself to be a stumbling block in the work of God where the services of the thinker[ii] was required.

Now if you look at the word Satan; does it not originally mean someone who is a stumbling block? Can’t you now see the gravity of our follies? Indeed truly – we look at the outward appearances and pass our judgement but God looks at the heart.[iii] Let us try to pursue the eyes of God while co – operating with one another in the growth and development of His kingdom on earth. Moreover let us never forget that the supreme authority is His – we are merely workers; none above the other. We need to take great care of our perspective and not fall into the fallibility of hasty generalization because when that happens not one soul is lost alone but both – the one who is the stumbling block and the one who stumbles.

[i] And vice-versa

[ii] And vice-versa

[iii] 1 Samuel 16:7