Most of us are familiar with the story of David and Goliath from the Old Testament. In the story, the Israelites are facing off with the Philistines in the Valley of Elah. Goliath, a giant, challenges the Israelites to send their best to battle with him. David, of mere human stature, insists he can defeat Goliath – God is with him. David is victorious in the battle after pelting Goliath with a stone from his sling.
That story is often used as a metaphor when a community takes on a mega-store attempting to pollute their homes. Our David today isn’t the small community defending itself from a corporate takeover; instead, he is very much a mortal man.
David is a 20 year old vlogger who has decided not to flee his faith, but instead work to inspire change within his faith.
It wasn’t all that many years ago that the Church preached, and society accepted African Americans as inferior, soulless creatures. In fact, arguments against interracial marriage were largely biblical. Of note here is that, while I do not believe gay is the new Black, certainly it can be said that same-sex marriage is the new interracial marriage. The arguments against each of them parallel each other.
The ideas expressed in the quotes at the provided link, such as “These types of marriages are “abominable,” according to Virginia law. If allowed, they would “pollute” America.” are largely unpopular in modern day religions (and unconstitutional in the eyes of the law). Someone inspired them to change.
Today’s David may be the catalyst to change within the LDS Church. He will undoubtadly face much scrutiny, hatred and fear, but he will face them all with an entire community behind him. If we learn nothing from David, let us learn that we can no longer run from our adversaries, but instead stay and fight.