Stand

The last few days I have written about hope and the need to rise to meet the world’s challenges.

In order to be effective though, you have to know why you stand.  What is it that drives you to stand firm in spite of the world?  There are lots of things that you could cite and I won’t judge any of them because whatever it is that will drive you to throw down when the world comes calling and the bell is tolling is worthwhile to you.

Arctic Patriot wrote about freedom and liberty the other day.  Would you fight for freedom?  Do you know what freedom is?  Freedom from what?  Would you fight for liberty?  Do you know what liberty is?  Liberty to do what?  These words represent concepts and principles and I could get all philosophical about them both as I believe they are worthwhile enough that they should be defended fiercely, but that is because I believe that I understand them and the implications of the loss of either of them.

So, let’s get back to the crux of the issue.  What do you stand for?  What thing do you look at and know deep down at the core of your soul that you will not compromise?  There is no wrong answer, but there MUST be an answer.   Perhaps for you it is your family – your spouse, your children, your grandchildren.   Perhaps it is your principles.  Perhaps it is your friends.  Perhaps it is your home-built business.

Why must there be an answer?  Shouldn’t we all just agree to compromise so we can live in peace together?  We’re all citizens of the world, or Americans, or whatever.

Good cannot compromise with evil.  If I am to be obedient to God, I cannot, under any circumstance, strike a deal with evil.

Evil is like a pollutant.  Imagine you have a fresh water spring.  Striking a deal with evil is like inviting someone to pour just half of the pollutant into your spring that they wanted to… yes, you compromised, but in the end your spring is still polluted and no longer useful as a source of water.

Can you compromise with someone who wants to kill you?  “Well, I’ll just let you chop off a few limbs.  Will that work for you?”

The world is telling you compromise. Bend. Don’t be so strident. Don’t be so stubborn. It’s for the common welfare.

Do not compromise. Do not bend. Rise.  Stand firm.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Matthew 5:13-15

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