Their lay with a charring snore waiting for their revenge on St. George for killing their kin. Or any saint, but none are to be found. There is no traceable family. That stalwart lineage isn't around. The dragon lays sleeping, long enough for a mountain to drift ontop of it slower than a glacier.
St. George, a decorated soldier, was arrested and offered to be set free with huge rewards if he would give a sacrifice, a small tithe, to the Roman gods. He held the faith and died for it. They resuscitated him three times during a tortuous death.
The dragon need not awaken. We're terrified to talk to our neighbor about our faith - "it's a personal choice"; "I don't want to offend anyone" and "to each his own".
We won't charge in to fight the beast. We've become lazy in facing hard issues. It's easier to have a soft head than a strong back.
We don't need to hear terrible scales rattling in the dark; we're terrified to let the Bible confront our comfort. It's easier to leave it sitting on the shelf. Reading it is uncomfortable. Not that we don't understand it, we just don't want to have to.
We won't remember all the brave ones; the communion of saints. We've yielded the adoption certificate into God's family. We'd rather wear labels of jock, nerd, bookworm, runner, conservative, liberal, republican, or democrat. Then I don't have to admit any common grace, or any common-ness at all when we disagree. It's easier to fight one of "them" than one of our brothers or sisters.
The dragon doesn't need to rear its head to snarl and burp flames at us. We can burn each other well enough.
Dragons may be real, and I think they'd be beaten, in time. It's more shameful that our faith wouldn't even wake them up, let alone defeat them.
"Fairy tales do not give a child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon." -GKC Tremendous Trifles
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