A well-known politician used to say, “If you want to get along, go along.” This is the day of go-alongism. The free world is trying to go along with Communism. We call it “peaceful coexistence.” Faith is trying to go along with unbelief. The church is trying to go along with the world. The new nature tries to go along with the old. But Christians cannot go along with each other. The one place where go-alongism should succeed is where it fails.
From Gilgal to Gilboa, the life of King Saul is a study in stubbornness. The text was supplied by Samuel when he confronted the obstinate king: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (I Samuel 15:23). There was a New Testament Saul who was an equally determined man but he chose the path of submission to Jesus Christ. The first Saul died a suicide and lost his crown, the second died a martyr and gained a crown. It makes a lot of difference whether you take the Gilboa Road or the Damascus Road!