Standing Tall

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life isn’t always easy, is it?  there are times when it isn’t easy to stand up for what is right or true, and in my experience those are usually the very times when we must do so.  When standing up for what is right is easy, it usually isn’t necessary to take a stand.  For example, when we are in the midst of people who agree with us about what is right and true, it’s easy to stand up and make a speech to the cheering crowd, but when everyone else is one the wrong track, speaking up is unpopular, thus it isn’t so easy…

As followers of Christ, it isn’t very hard to find people who will speak badly about our faith; they are all over the place. It also is pretty easy to find people who will ridicule us for our beliefs, after all in America these days Christians are the only ones that are subject to ridicule, opposition and slurs, for any other group you can think of is protected by “political correctness.” Even so, times do arise when we need to stand up for Christ and set the record straight. this can happen right here on WordPress!  There have been a number of times when I’ve had comments right here attacking our Lord and our faith, and I’ve visited the Christiian-bashers who left comments. Early on, I learned to simply not approve the comments and move on, but sometimes I wonder if that is the right way to go.  Should I take them on here?

So far, it seems pointless and a waste of time.  But what about when I hear this kind of thing in person?

I’ve never had a hard time putting a stop to that sort of thing in person, but then people aren’t quite so bold face-to-face as they are on the net!

I keep reminding myself that I made a promise (to myself) not to engage in debates any more…  I’ll have to tell that story on here some time, but I am concerned that it will be a little offensive to some of you, since it is about a doctrinal debate in a particular denominational setting…

By this time, you may well have the idea that I’m conflicted on the “standing up” issue, and you are quite correct.  Aren’t you?  It isn’t a matter of whether or not I would stand up in public and defend the faith; that’s a no-brainer.  Of course I would. I guess it’s just a matter of when to speak up and when to let it go…

There are times when it is more like casting our pearls before swine.

Will you join me in prayer on this subject?  I think that all of us can be more clear on it than we are, if we are willing to be entirely honest. After all, Jesus endured many insults.  There were times when He used them to teach the truth, and there were times when He was silent.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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15 Responses to Standing Tall

  1. This subject is broached many times in the book of Proverbs. Knowing when to speak up and when to be silent are marks of wisdom, discernment, and maturity. 🙂

  2. dcshelton says:

    Amen brother. We cant fight every battle.
    Even Jesus said when we go bring the message of peace with God to strangers to be looking for the people of peace, those to whom God is opening up their hearts by his Spirit. Those who refuse Gods message of peace, for whatever reason, will waste a lot of our precious time we can be investing into discipleship with others. We are told to retrive our blessings and shake the dust off our feet and warn them that God came near, and move on, but to stay with and disciple those receptive and willing to know God. Luke 10. This takes prayer, and holy Spirit guidance, and understanding of our mission. Peace of Christ be with you.

  3. novusanima says:

    I must say this: Jesus is our greatest example in everything, even this this. I do believe it is a matter of following the lead of the Holy Spirit in when to speak and when to stay silent. Also, you make an excellent, if not imperative point in saying We Should Not Cast Our Pearls Before Swine, and may God give us the wisdom to discern when/where and whom to cast those pearls before.
    Stand tall, brother Don. I’ll stand tall with you!
    Blessings and Peace In Christ,
    N

  4. dwmartens says:

    When I see Mat. 7:6 referenced, I think of George Macdonald’s statement, “To try to explain truth to him who loves it not, is but to give him more plentiful material for misinterpretation.” (The Curate’s Awakening, 1985 Bethany House Publishers) Jesus’ statement gives us the likely results of the misinterpretation, which is attack! It is always right to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet 3:15…), but be discerning about the intent of the one asking, and be prepared to sometimes be attacked, yet responding “with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

    • Don Merritt says:

      You always make really great comments that are filled with insight and wisdom; have you considered blogging?

    • LetmebeRae says:

      I definitely agree. I say examine the way the person approaches you with their questions. Some you can tell are sincere and simply just are trying to gain a better understanding. However there are others that are there just because they want to argue and nothing else. They are not truly willing to be open to your point of view or the bible. They just want to bash the faith for their personal enjoyment to get a rise out of you. I’ve learned to not entertain those types of comments, but I do welcome those that are confused and just want to get an understanding. But as always, God will help you discern between the two.

  5. Meredith says:

    Casting pearls, one of my favorite admonisments.

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