Taking A Stand

Have you had to take a stand recently?  Or maybe you know someone who has?  If you haven’t recently, rest assured, if you are a follower of Jesus you will have to take a stand at some point in time. And often it might not be an easy thing to do.

We see in the news these days a lot of people who are taking a stand  for morality, for what they know to be right, according to God’s Word.  Some are paying a high price for it.  In some countries some are even dying for it.

What do we do when we find ourselves on the opposite side of those we work with or perhaps those in our own families?  Do we keep our mouths shut and pretend to agree?  Or, do we get into arguments about who is right?  It can be a difficult situation.

But first,  we need to know what we believe.  Then we need to know if what we believe lines up with what the Word says.  If you don’t know what it says in the Word it can be very easy to be deceived.  You hear all these good arguments about why something is good and why its right to pass this law or do this or that.  Its easy to get carried along with the crowd.  After all if we take a stand, people might not like us.  They might treat us different or make fun of us.  We might think what’s the big deal?

If you are a follower of Jesus you are called to be different.  Set apart.  We might not always fit in in this world.  That’s because its not this world that we should desire to fit into.  Romans 12:2 tells us: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The world needs our light right now.  It can be a very dark place.  If we are all blindly following along with what we know to be evil who will be the light to show up the darkness?

We are called to be warriors for God. BUT we are still called to walk in love.  To treat others as we wish to be treated.  That’s the part that makes it harder to stand sometimes.  In Luke 6:27-28 Jesus tells us: “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. And in 1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all you do be done with love.

In and of ourselves love would not be the way we would want to respond.  I wouldn’t anyway!  Thankfully, we aren’t in it on our own. We have the helper-Holy Spirit living in us.  In Luke 12:12 it tells us that Holy Spirit will give us the words we need when we need them.  And as it tells us in Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  We are on the winning side even when it doesn’t always seem like it.

Its not the people we disagree with that we are fighting against. In Ephesians 6:12 it says: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

When we are tempted to act nasty to someone who may be coming against us, we need to remember who our real enemy is.    That does not mean that we have to change our opinion or agree with them.  We can stand firm in our beliefs while we remember we are Ambassador’s for Jesus.  How would He handle our situation?  When He was being afflicted and oppressed Isaiah says He opened not His mouth.

That doesn’t necessarily mean we are called to be silent.  We may be the ones called to speak out against something or to take action.  But we can rest in Him knowing that we have the Holy Spirit who will tell us what to say; and as it says in Philippians 4:13 we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Does that mean it will be easy? Or that we are eager to do it?  No.  Might not be like that at all.

When I stand before the Lord one day I want my confession to be; I did what I was called to do.  Not that I followed the way of the world or took the easy path.  How about you?

 

 

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