Friday; September 14

There sure seems to be a lot of news about protesting recently.  Whether its major professional sports stars protesting what they feel to be social injustices, political advocates protesting potential appointees, consumers protesting advertising campaigns or a number of other things, people are taking stands for what they believe.  Now, before we go any further, I am not going to offer an opinion on any of these particular incidences, but I am going to make a generic comment:  if we are going to take a stand on something we had better be willing to accept the consequences.  We are blessed to live in a nation where we can openly express our dissatisfaction, but just because we have the freedom to voice our opinion doesn’t mean that we are immune from having to pay a price for our beliefs.  Convictions have consequences – so before we take a stand, we’d better understand that not everyone will agree with us and some people might respond to the stand we take.
As I thought about today’s protestors I got to thinking about our commitment to the Lord.  Are we willing to take a stand for Him and, if we do, are we convicted enough to withstand the pressure we might feel?  Christianity, commitment and retaliation have gone hand-in-hand throughout time.  In fact, early Christians were challenged, ”Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10). 
How important is our spiritual walk?  It may not be easy, but it is well worth the journey!
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