Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Stand For Your Life

Esther 8:11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey,

We live in a very passive society today. It is very disturbing to see people so passive about issues that could destroy our nation and our Fundamental movement as we know it.

In the days this story was written, it seemed the Jews were very passive about everything that was going on in the kingdom. Many things probably contributed to this attitude. Their defeat and the captivity in which they were currently living was certainly one of the causes. The hate for the nation in which they lived was probably another cause. But maybe the biggest cause was the mentality that whatever they did would not affect anything in anyway. Whatever the reason, now their lives were at stake.

A law had been given to destroy all the Jews and Mordecai sent a post to all the Jews and begged them to "stand for their life." He begged them because their future was at stake, and if there were ever a time to stand, this was that time. Because they would not stand for any other reason, Mordecai told them to at least stand for their life's sake.

There are many reasons for which people should stand up and fight. I believe the reason for which we should stand is for right and against wrong. But to be quite honest with you, it seems we live in a society that seems to be very passive about the change that is going on in our nation and in Fundamentalism. As people are passive about the issues going on today, the crowd who wants to destroy us is certainly getting their agenda done. Their agenda is to change our nation and Fundamentalism as we know it.

I come to you today and say it is time we stand for our life. If we are not willing to stand for any other reason, we need to stand for the sake of our life, our future. Standing means we will do what it takes to get our agenda done even if it means we will lose friends and influence over our stance. It takes character to do this! Yet, we need people today to stand for their life. You may not have a public pulpit where many can hear you, but it takes everybody doing right to change what is going on.

I come to the Christian and say, stand for your life. When you see the main movement in Fundamentalism changing the Word of God and what we believe about it, stand up and say you will not be a part of it. When you see Christianity becoming more like the world, don't you change to be like everyone else. Stand up for your life! When you see the country in which you live continually move to the left, stand for right even if it seems as if your stance will not change anything. We cannot and must not be passive about the changes we see going on in our nation and in the movement of Fundamentalism. We must stand for our life's sake.

I ask you, are you standing for right when you see changes going on or are you the one who sits quietly because you don't want to upset the apple cart? It is those who quietly sit there and don't say anything when they see things going on which shouldn't be happening who are the cause of compromise and societal changes. I beg of you today, stand for your life, for not only is your future at stake, but the future of your children is at stake as well.

A devotional thought by Evangelist Allen Domelle from Old Paths Journal

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