taking a stand

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13

Taking a stand…what does that mean?  How, as fully devoted followers of Christ, do we live that out in tangible ways?

stand = a determined policy, position, attitude, etc., taken or maintained

As Christ-followers, are we called to stand against ________ (fill in the blank) or simply to stand for Christ?

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:10-17

Stand firm.  Simply stand.  Isn’t that we are supposed to do?  Stand…stand for God.
How many times do we, in the guise of standing for God, simply want to stand against social and moral issues?  We want to do something – to protest, to be visible.
Do we want to right all of the wrongs in society?  In the process of taking a stand against these things, things such as abortion and homosexuality, do we accurately represent God?
If the only God some people saw was the God is us, would He be attractive to them?
What happens when we stand against something, such as a wall?  Do we not put ‘faith’ in the wall, that it will support us?  Can’t it be the same way when we take a stand against something other than a wall – like these social issues?  Don’t we put more faith in them than we do in God?

God so desires that we love Him, and Him only – not our own agendas or own plans or own view of right and wrong.  We are to love Him, and serve Him only.  Can’t the whole process of thinking about and wishing things were different in our society eventually become master over us?  We cannot be devoted to God and to something else at the same time.  (see Matthew 6:24)

So, are we taking a stand?  Not against anything, but for God, for the underprivileged and the outcast and the oppressed?  Isn’t that what we are to stand firm for?  Not alone…we can’t.  But with the armor of God, fully dressed, we are given the tools we need to simply stand.

Stand, my friends, stand.

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’This is the first and most important command.
 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself. – Matthew 22:37-39 (NCV)



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