God brings the answers where we least expect, sometimes its just better to simply be direct and Stand while the world is laughing stand on crooked feet, stand up and be counted, Stand or you might get beat, when you're too tired to retreat just stand... ["Stand" by eLi]
One thing that we lack in this awesome country is people with the ability to stand up for their beliefs even if they get ridiculed for them. Why don't people want to stand?
As far as I can tell it all boils down to one thing, Acceptance. Acceptance is something that everyone wants, we all want to be loved and accepted by someone: either by our parents, our friends, our colleagues, teachers, pastors, even the media. The question that we are faced with is: are our beliefs worth giving up in order to maintain our acceptance?
When its put like that, the answer should be obvious. The problem is, thats easier said than done. How many people like to talk about how their beliefs, but when the time comes to defend them, they back down?
How many people say that they're going to do something, then after being pressured change their mind and don't follow through?
How come people are afraid of being ridiculed and persecuted?
Oh, and I'm not denying that its hard to go through, but why are we putting what OTHERS think about us before what our beliefs are, and wether or not our beleifs line up with God's word?
Margaret Thatcher said that " If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing."
That comming from the Iron Lady, She accomplished MANY things, primarily because SHE DIDN'T BACK DOWN.
You will find that many people in history that accomplished great things were also great leaders, they knew how to stand up for thier beliefs even in the midst of being ridiculed. They didin't care about popularity, they cared about accomplishing something that they believed was important.
Lets imagine for a minute, what would happen if our founding fathers only TALKED about their beliefs but when they were under pressure backed down?
(and they WERE under pressure, if we lost the war they would have been guilty of treason and been killed in horrifying ways)
What would have happened if George Washington went into his first battle and after that decided that this war isn't worth it?
Chances are, that we wouldn't exist as a nation today if they had backed down.
but they didn't, why?
Because they believed that the Freedom to worship God, and that every man has certain unalienable rights endowed by thier CREATOR, were so important that they were willing to DIE for these beliefs. Imagine what it must have been like for them to realize, that upon signing the declaration of independence they were going to war with the world's superpower, and all they had to combat it was a rag tag militia and a cause.
What would have happened if when Christ came down and he saw how sinful we were, decided: you know what, they're not worth scrificing and dying for, I'm leaving?
We wouldn't have the free gift of slavation today. yet he did, and HE was persecuted and sacrificed MORE than our founding fathers did, He paid the highest sacrifice of all for what He knew God had called him to do, and not backing down on that. He sacrificed his LIFE, so that WE can be free in Him!
Today we need leaders like that, people who are wiling to stand up for their beliefs in God no matter what.
There are a few people today who do, and THOSE are the people that you will be hearing about in the near future. They're the few who will stand up for what is right, and will not conform to the world.
It is the few that stand and make a difference, What we need is for Christians to act on their beliefs and CHANGE America for the better!