And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, that is, Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You will not come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 1 Chronicles 11:4-5.
The city of Jebus was a stronghold, set on a hill in the midst of a vast hill country. Joshua and the Israelites never fully conquered the city of Jebus, and the Jebusites who lived there would routinely launch attacks from the stronghold to terrorize the Hebrews in the surrounding territories of Judah and Benjamin. David was undaunted by the challenge of the stronghold, the surrounding territory, or the inhabitants. He overtook the stronghold and renamed the city Jerusalem, meaning foundation of peace.
When I survey the landscape of our culture, I see many strongholds from which the enemies of God terrorize us. None is more present in my mind than the university. We send our young people to drink from a poisonous well when we expect the university system to “educate” them. The radical ideology that is present in almost every institution of higher learning is rapidly radicalizing our young people and transforming our society into a hellscape of compelled speech, virtue signaling, and censorship. I never would have believed it if I had not witnessed it personally. What’s worse is that these poisonous ideas have found their way into primary and secondary schools as well. The stronghold is formidable, and the inhabitants…hate…us. This is why I have resolved, as a Kingdom Man, to do everything I can to educate people outside the university. If it be God’s will for me to bring some light into that dark place later in life I would welcome the fight!
Daily Battle Order:
Many strongholds exist where the enemies of God and the enemies of the truth have fortified themselves and said, “You will not come in here.” Nevertheless, we fight as Kingdom Men, and like David we will establish a foundation of God’s peace anywhere we contend for the truth. What stronghold has God equipped and motivated you to assault? Is it education like me? Or entertainment and the arts? Media? Government? Discern today what hillside fortress God is imploring you to invade and know that you are bringing the Kingdom of God with you wherever you go.