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Stump: The Sling by Sophia Jung

Stump is a blogging project of Claremont Presbyterian Church

David and Goliath is a powerful story about strength and faith.

David volunteers to fight Goliath, so he dresses in his tunic, carries his shepherd’s staff, sling and a pouch full of stones, and approaches Goliath. The giant cursed at him, threatening him.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied … today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air … and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel … it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

As Goliath moves in to fight David, David reaches into his bag and slings one of his stones at Goliath’s head. Since David is smart, he finds a hole in the armor, and so the stone sinks into the giant’s forehead and he falls face down on the ground.

The sling used to defeat Goliath can be interpreted like an idea that can help break down barriers or it can be a supporter of an idea. I wrote a speech that I competed with at debate tournaments called “Let’s arm our girls with education,” about a plan to gain education for girls in other countries and how men are overruling women. There are groups in other countries that are trying to stop girls from gaining their education, crushing their dreams and selling girls and women into markets. But there are campaigns and movements to help stop this horrific act.

Education for these girls is like the sling David used to take down his monstrous enemy. 

Sophia Jung is a member of Claremont Presbyterian Church and a 9th grader at Claremont High School. She’s is an accomplished musician and dancer, and a devoted fan of One Direction. 


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