Having quite a fair slice of good old British reserve, I’m not usually the type who likes to make a big fuss. That said, and acknowledging my overly mild temperament, I do feel there are a few occasions where “kicking up a mighty royal stink” becomes the necessary thing to do. Cue then, one remarkably unique place in Scripture which I quote:
“The Mighty One, God, the Lord! The Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows! And let Israel know!…” Joshua 22 verse 22
Notice how God’s name is invoked no less than six times on the trot even before any mention gets made of what is so majorly bugging them. So what was the issue? And was it really worth kicking up over? Well, what follows is what they had to ensure would never happen:
“…in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, ‘You have no share in the Lord.’” verse 27
Despite the fact that the problem hadn’t even materialised, and may well not have done so for another generation or two, they could begin to see the writing on the wall and it disturbed them. The day might come when their faith, their participation in public worship, their heritage in the Word of God, was going to be effectively cut off.
For me, I deeply value every instance of truly public “God talk”. I relish conducting my Christian faith openly in the community space. I simply thrill when God’s word in the Holy Bible is heard and discussed out in the public square. Well, long may this continue for the enriching of individuals and society, otherwise, I for one will be “kicking up a mighty royal stink”!