In 1879 at the southern African battle of Islandlwana between the British and the Zulus, the British suffered the worst defeat against native forces in their colonial history. In a subsequent analysis of their defeat, the British learned four things: (1) They underestimated their foe; (2) Dividing their forces made them very vulnerable to attack; (3) Their soldiers did not adequately prepare a defense; and (4) The soldiers spread themselves too thin and did not have the skills to defend their perimeter. Each of these lessons learned by the British correspond to spiritual lessons that apply to the history of the Church of God in our time. This message examines in detail the lessons we in the Church should learn from the battle of Islandlwana.
Dan Taylor serves as the pastor of the Lubbock, Texas United Church of God congregation. He is married and he and his wife Corinne have of two children. He formerly served as a writer and head of the research department for the Plain Truth and other other Church publications for 13 years. Prior to serving as pastor he worked in the high tech field for 22 years.