Galatians Study/ Holiness

Are You Willing to Stand Alone? 

Our society is on a slippery slope when an American woman, Kim Davis, is jailed for upholding her religious beliefs. Are you will to take a stand-even if that means standing alone? Now is the time to decide!

Do you remember the frightening news story that unfolded in Kentucky?

To catch you up to speed, the town clerk, Kim Davis, recently became a Christian and has chosen to take a stand against the Supreme Court’s ruling that gay marriage is legal in all fifty states. She has refused to give out marriage licenses to gay couples on the principle that it violates her religious beliefs. She was then thrown in jail for contempt of court.

Over the past few years we have seen stories like this happening all across America.

Christian bakeries, pizza shops, and florists have all been fined for discrimination against homosexual people when it fact they are simply upholding their religious beliefs.

They have even offered their services for any other event in these couples lives – just not on their wedding day – yet their kindness is refused and they are harassed for being “bigots”.

Then they began to be discriminated against based on their religion beliefs.

All of this is happening on American soil.

 

Sadly, many  of these hardworking people have chosen to close their door. Some have been forced to for safety reasons. Only a few have continued to go further into debt to take a stand against the war on religious freedom.

In America, a Christian nation founded under God, we are starting to face a war on our Christian beliefs.

The time has come for us to take a stand. Are you willing to stand alone?

Are you going to please God or will you choose to please men?

In our first week studying Galatians chapter one, we have Paul rebuking the church of Galatia for so quickly falling into believing false doctrines.

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Galatians 1:6  

Our society is on a slippery slope when an American woman, Kim Davis, is jailed for upholding her religious beliefs. Are you will to take a stand-even if that means standing alone? Now is the time to decide!

He plainly tells them who he is aiming to please. God not man. False teachers and doctrines aim to please men rather than God.

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10  

He gives them his salvation story. He was once a murderer of Christians and now an apostle, divinely saved by grace.

Paul is reiterating to the church that the gospel which he preached to them is from God above and not man.

He was pleasing God and not man. He then risked his life and comfort to preach the gospel. He was willing to stand alone.

Are we? 

 

While we may not be killed for our faith, we are going down a path that will quickly spiral out of control. When one is jailed for her faith in America, we are on a slippery slope. Where will that slope take us?

It is certainly not going to get any better. We can be certain of that.

If we can’t even talk about Christ and His gift of salvation comfortably to the unsaved, how will ever stand up for Him when the time comes. So often we are not talking about Christ because of the social awkwardness that may come. Our pride keeps us silent.

We’ve all been there before, whether it was in the locker room in high school or in the break room at our jobs, we have all stayed silent due to the social pressure to do so.

We would rather look good in front of people than look like the crazy Christian.

 

While we may feel guilty afterward (hopefully we are feeling guilty!), we can’t seem to push past our silence in the name of not wanting to look like the crazy religious person.

There is coming a day that this behavior can no longer serve us well.

We have to push ourselves past this social awkwardness. We have to have a voice.

Now is the time for us to decide if we are we willing to take a stand against sin before society gets any worse. Even if we are standing alone.

Will we obey God’s laws above man made laws?

Let’s be women who take a stand.

Lets be woman who please God rather man.

Let’s have a voice.

 

Your turn! How have you made a stand for Christ in your life? Have you had to push past the social pressure to speak up about Christ?

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Ifeoma Samuel
    September 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Anastasia, powerful message today.
    I choose to please God rather than men and take a stand for my Christian faith. Enough is enough flirting with worldly standards.
    I wish many more would read this and be inspired to take a stand for the truth!
    God Bless Ana.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      September 15, 2015 at 1:23 am

      Thanks for visiting today, Ifeoma! “Flirting with worldly standards” is a great way to put it! Thanks for encouraging me today 🙂

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    Lisa notes
    September 14, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    So grateful that we don’t have to live in fear of what may or may not happen. God has us in the palm of his hand, and that is the safest place to stand. May we all be gracious to each other in the process—to unbelievers as well as to fellow believers. Thanks for sharing your heart here, Ana.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      September 15, 2015 at 1:20 am

      It is amazing to know that we have already won the war! Thanks for visiting!

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    Ren
    September 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    “There is coming a day that this behavior can no longer serve us well.” That day is here already. The church’s silence in the name of “grace” is nothing more then evidence that we’ve been listening to the wrong voices. We have to stop beating around the bush. We have to start being bold for the truth (instead of apologizing for it like we’re “spreading some sort of disease”- thanks DC Talk for that great line). The truth will only become more and more offensive as our society continues down this road so, if we aren’t offensive, we’re not doing right.
    The time that is coming is the time when all the Christians who have swallowed the lie that “actions speak louder then words” will have to choose: Are we going to stand up, and often stand alone, or are we going to the “nice” Christian that everyone loves to be around? One is about living and dying for Christ, the other is about self serving works.
    As you lean into your study of the book of Galatians, resist the urge to see the conservative church that is unbending in the truths of God as the “pharasees” that Paul is warning the church at Galatia about- they are not. Those pharasees were the Jews- hystorically speaking- they were outside of the faith and they were mad about this Jesus who claimed to be their savior, and were upset about those who started following after him. The conservative church are not the pharasees, and the hyper grace movement is the reason so many of us have lost our voice.
    Keep moving forward in your understanding that the church needs to wake up, because we are in a deep, deep sleep, we are afar off from our understanding of what it means to pick up our cross and follow him.

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    Brenda
    September 15, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I’m so thankful for prayer…it is probably the biggest way that I take a stand. Asking God to change hearts, (and sometimes it’s mine that He changes), asking Him to work behind the scenes in ways that I can’t. And, asking Him whether He wants me to stand down, or stand up. So grateful that it’s all in His capable hands. 🙂 I love Galatians too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing today. ((blessings))

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      Anastasia Safee
      September 16, 2015 at 1:14 am

      Prayer is so important-learning God’s will for us in each situation is key. We will all be faced with our own unique situations and only God can give us the peace we need in whether or not to stand up.Thanks for commenting today Brenda!

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    Jamie @ Medium Sized Family
    September 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Yes, it’s definitely time we take a stand and are not swayed by the wind.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      September 17, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Amen, Jamie! Sadly, it is only going to get worse.

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    Beth
    September 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    So true, Anastasia. It’s a frightening trajectory our country is on. Little by little the Christian perspective is thrown out in favor of “tolerance.” I don’t really know where all of this will lead, but it must be stopped. And we need to step into awkward conversations as well as falling to our knees in prayer. That’s where I do most if not all of my fighting! Thanks for your convictions and for challenging us to stand up for the Lord.

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      Anastasia Safee
      September 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      The uncertainty of the future can be scary at times but at least we do know that we have won the war in the end. I agree, we need to start taking more of a stand in and out of our prayer closets.

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