TAKING A STAND IS NOT POPULAR
Someone suggested that area preachers get together and have a summit and tell the world we are not going to take it anymore. Can you imagine the early church doing that? I think not.
We don’t know what real persecution is, do we? As I read the book of Acts, I notice the Apostles and others being persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Thankfully we have not experienced that. However, I know of some in other countries who have been persecuted and imprisoned because of their faith in Christ. Some have been put to death.
The early church did not lead in protests or uprisings. In fact, they did just the opposite. They were taught to honor God by honoring the dictator of Rome or whoever else was in power (1 Timothy 2:1, 2; Romans 13:1).
Today there are many who have taken a stand and they have not renounced their faith.
I only know of one man personally who was imprisoned because he stood for Christ. But because of his Christ-like attitude, even the prison guards started letting him serve Christ in spite of the rules imposed by his persecutors.
Never did Jesus Christ or His disciples advocate overthrowing the government. They did not advocate rebellion.
It’s not popular to take a stand. However, I cannot back down when the Word of God calls something a sin. I am to follow God’s Word. That’s why I must insist that the Bible be my guide. 2 Timothy 3:16, says, All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (ESV).
Notice the words of Peter, one of His Apostles.
“Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you” (1 Peter 2:12-15, NLT).