Thursday, September 6, 2012

Have You Ever Had To Stand Up For Your Faith?

I’m just wondering…have you ever had to stand up for your faith? If not, why not?  We live in a world that confronts us at every turn and is increasingly hostile and intolerant of our faith.

Do you stand by quietly – or when an occasion presents itself, do you stand up for your God?

I think of Mordecai and how he refused to kneel before anyone but God. He could’ve. He could’ve quietly gone along with others. But he didn’t. And of course, that takes courage.

It takes courage to stand up for your faith.

I’ve had the chance to stand up for my faith. Some times, it is easy. If it’s something morally wrong or offensive – it can be easy. If it’s something socially deemed acceptable yet goes against God’s word….not as easy. It’s not easy to be in the minority. To know you will be met with resistance, mockery, ridicule, or even bitterness and anger.

But it’s the right thing to do.

If we don’t stand up for our Lord, who will? If we don’t fight for our faith – why do we believe in it? Why do we devote our lives to something that we don’t feel strong enough to fight for?

I’ve let moments go by when I could have said something – SHOULD have said something. I’m imperfect and often ashamed when I felt the Holy Spirit convict or prod my heart; only to ignore it because it went beyond my own comfort level. But when I HAVE spoken up – I’ve felt good. I’ve felt right.

I would never EVER let someone badmouth or trash a beloved family member. How much greater should I take a stand for my faith and my God?

This… I ask you as well.

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