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
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.
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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