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Rick Santorum and the Big Hairy Philistine

The story of David and Goliath is too often used as an analogy for any battle in which one side is perceived to be weaker. It’s sad that the greater lessons of this Biblical masterpiece are lost in our sloppy, shallow interpretation. There’s so much more to take away from what God was trying to teach us, and from these lessons, we can also find striking similarities to the Santorum versus Romney fracas that has been playing out.

This epic battle has little to do with Goliath and even less to do with the Philistine army. It’s really a story about character — the character of a man on a mission of obedience. The resolve of a man who refused to morph into something that he wasn’t, simply to receive the victor’s crown.

When the opposition donned the finest armor and wielded formidable weaponry, David relied on faith to be his shield. Where others were unwilling to go, David went. In the shadow of a giant who hurled insult after insult, David stood firm. When everyone else ran away from the fight, David ran headlong into battle with supreme confidence. When even his supporters doubted a favorable outcome, David remained steadfast.

Rather than be intimidated by appearances, David was guided by a reality that mattered.

Sound familiar?

As I considered this story, the word “courage” kept coming to mind. I assumed it was due to the nature of Goliath’s size in comparison to David’s humble frame. Then, it dawned on me — Rick Santorum’s answer to the Arizona debate’s “describe yourself in one word” question was, indeed, “courage.”

This election cycle is about courage. Not just the courage to take the fight to one of the wealthiest and most relentless campaigners in the history of presidential politics, but the resolve to take it a step further and deliver blow after blow to the unconstitutional actions of the current administration.

And Rick Santorum has proven himself to be the candidate with the courage to get in the trenches and fight.

Now about those five smooth stones …

This is where I come into the story. Where you come into the story. Where we step out and take our place in history. David used items that most would consider to be insignificant — stones — and in using them, won a battle of historic proportion.

We are the stones. With our words, with our dollars, with our stickers, and with our signs. In February, we were 130,000 strong in political contributors, overshadowing the elite, far-fewer-in0num Romney backers.

What an honor to be a part of such a large army of conservative fighters, doing all we can to encourage our champion. I take pride in being a simple smooth stone rather than some bejeweled sword.

After all, it was a stone that delivered the final blow.

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*** I realize that Mitt Romney could be our next president, and if that is the case, I will give him all the respect I can muster. However, he isn’t the president and I won’t apologize for the “hairy Philistine” reference. Besides, we all know that Mitt isn’t some big unkempt ogre. I wrote it for dramatic effect, so anyone who is upset can just simmer down.

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