A slogan “borrowed” from John Jakes’ famous bicentennial series, The Kent Family Chronicles. Not a bad purpose statement for life really. Take a stand, make a mark. It conjures up images of manliness, significance, destiny, determination, Sylvester Stallone.

     The difficulty comes when we try and actually implement it as a way of life. What happens when we take a stand for Jesus in today’s “crooked and depraved generation?” (Philippians 2:15). Have you ever tried it? Be assured that you won’t win many popularity contests by boldly proclaiming that homosexuality is a perversion, or that drunkenness is damnable, or that adultery is still a sin (even though it is no longer a crime in most states!) 

    In his letter to the churches of Galatia, Paul makes an urgent plea. He begs them to remember that, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5:1). He goes on the exhort them to “stand firm” in that freedom and “do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” The slavery that threatened the recipients of Paul’s letter to the Galatians was the oppression of legalism.

     We must always remember that as we celebrate our freedom in Christ, we must never forget that the culture around us is burdened with the shackles of sin. Most will not appreciate our pointing this out to them no matter how delicately we try to do so! However, we must never stop trying to warn those who are dying without hope. As we go about that mission, as we attempt to alert the world to the coming bon fire, let’s try and avoid two extremes: 

  • Being rude, combative, arrogant, or loveless in our proclamation of our message.
  • Being people-pleasers, soft soapers, I’ll-do-anything-to-win-your-approval types in our attempt to win people to Christ.

      Let’s simply be God’s people. Bold in our proclamation, loving in our approach, kind in our disposition and relentless in our pursuit of lost people.

     Let’s take a stand. Let’s make a mark on our community and on our world for Christ.