There’s a political movement that is sweeping the nation today ahead of Election Day on November 2. Hopefully you’ve paid enough attention to hear about the Tea Party. They’re not an officially recognized party like the Democrats or the Republicans. They do not have a centralized control structure like the Democratic National Committee or the Republican National Committee. They have groups here and there, scattered about. There are groups in large cities; there are groups in small cities. The folks in the tea party don’t all agree on religion or creed. They’re not all the same race or the same background. They’re a group of people who are tired of the status quo in our government. They are troubled by the expansion of the size and scope of the government. That is really the only tie that binds them all together.
But, this ragtag group has some power. Though they have already helped to upset the applecart for many politicians, the full scope of their influence will not be fully known until the days after November 2. The news has been filled with the upsets that have taken place in the primary races. If these political outcasts win the general election, pundits will have more to talk about than they ever imagined. Who knew that a group of ragtag folks united around a common cause could become such a force to be reckoned with?
In 1 Samuel 22, we meet another Tea Party that was tired of the status quo. As David fled from Saul, his reputation spread, and a group of men began to follow him. We are told that David’s family joined him, and anyone who was desperate, in debt, or discontented rallied around him, and he became their leader. This initial group was only about 400 strong, but this group would become the foundation for David’s Mighty Men – an Old Testament special ops force. They weren’t much in number or clout, but they were very powerful and united by a common cause.
It seems that Jesus recruited a similar group of people. He said in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.” Sounds like those men who first followed David, men who were burdened and weary. It also sounds much like the church today.
We may not be fighting military battles as followers of Jesus, but we were no less burdened than David’s small band of followers. The discontent that compelled us to take refuge in Jesus was not discontent with our government, but discontent with the status quo of our sinful condition. You didn’t come to Jesus because you realized how good you were, you came to Jesus because you realized how hopelessly lost you were. You might say you were desperate, in debt, and discontented. It is truly amazing how a group of discontent sinners, united in Christ, could be such a potent force for change in our world.
She is a ragtag group. Made up of different colors, different languages, different backgrounds, different politics. And though she is uniquely diverse, she is united with a common King and a common cause. Nothing else has impacted the world like the church through the ages, armed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Aren’t you glad you’re a part of Jesus’ Mighty Men (and Women)?