As Christians we must be careful not to be intimidated by the world. We must stand up for our convictions.

Years ago, Jimmy Durante, told of a baseball game being umpired by a runt of a fellow. An enormous player was at the plate and an equally large catcher stood behind him. The count was one and one. The little umpire watched the pitch sizzle across a corner, and yelled, “Two!” “Two what?” snarled the catcher, mashing his mask into the umpire’s face. “Yeah, two what?” growled the batter, raising his bat. The umpire looked from one brute to the other and said, “Too close to tell.” He felt the pressure to remain neutral.

The will of the world and the will of God are in constant conflict. In every way possible the world is trying to get us to conform to its standards (or lack thereof) while God desires the best for us by urging us to conform to His will. Do we have the courage to stand up for God and righteousness?

This world is not the Christian’s friend. In fact, we are enjoined, charged, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).

This is no time for the Christian to be wishy washy. Rather than being conformed to the world we must be transformed by the renewal of our minds, as the apostle Paul urges.

In a day when anything goes in morality and religion, we need to hear again the inspired words of Jude, “I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith, that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3b).

Christians have no option but to take a stand! – John Gipson Windsong church of Christ

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