It is popular in our day and age to stand up for what you believe. People stand up for all kinds of things from animal rights to going green, from progressive social causes to free speech…
In all of this standing up for things and causes, who is standing up for Jesus Christ?
There seem to be a lot folks who would rather that no body did!
Sometimes it even seems like nobody will stand up for Christ… but things are not always the way they seem. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are standing tall for the Truth of His Word all over the globe, often in places where this is very dangerous. People are standing up in churches and communities all over America and in other nations as well; some are even standing up for Christ on the Internet! Yet, the truth is that standing up for Christ isn’t always a comfortable thing to do; it can be very uncomfortable in fact. We have all experienced it…
Have you ever found yourself in a family group or a group of friends who are into things that you know to be wrong and who will just laugh at you if you say anything? I sure have! They may not want to hear the truth, but they need to hear it. They may not appreciate what you have to say, but it could be their salvation some day. Of course if we don’t do our talking in a loving way we’ll never get a hearing. Consider this:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Even when we feel a little shaky or uncomfortable, there are times when friends and family need to hear the truth stated in a loving way. Our friends and family may not necessarily respond well at the time, but God’s Word has a way of sprouting later and taking root in a person’s life; we may share a little seed that produces fruit years later and we never even know… and yet we have played a major role in someone’s salvation.
Our shelter is in our Lord’s arms, not in our social circles, so why be shy about being Christ’s Ambassador? There is plenty of refuge to relieve our discomfort, and lives are truly at stake.
Will we stand up for our Lord?