Gina Caswell Kelly
There is a story in the book of Esther in the Bible about how the king plans to get rid of all the Jews. Unbeknownst to him, his wife Esther was a Jew. She had hidden this fact from him. Her Uncle Mordecai is what we would probably call a “pot stirrer” today. He stood his ground and stood for what was right in all things. He talked to Esther one day and told her that the plan that the king had would get rid of all her people, likely including Mordecai and Esther herself. He told her she had to make a stand. His words were, “Who knows but what you were born into this world for such a time as this.”
Esther prayed and went to talk to the king, which alone could have cost her life, by going unsummoned to stand in front of the king. He heard her request and her people were saved. A nation was saved because Mordecai was not going to go quietly and Esther was brave enough to stand before the king. A nation was saved.
In the book of Joshua, as the leader of the people following the death of Moses, Joshua stood before the people and said “Choose you this day whom you will serve. But, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” And the people answered him, “We will serve the Lord.” A nation was saved.
We see in the book of Daniel the story of Daniel, and also the three young men who refused to compromise what they knew their God was commanding them to do. Daniel refused to stop praying when he was commanded to by an edict the king had been tricked into signing. Daniel was thrown into the lions’s den. God rescued him. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace for their refusal to turn their back on what God had said to do. God rescued them and the course of a nation was changed, for a while, anyway.
Over and over in the Bible we see stories of normal people who chose to make a stand for what God called right. They stood and called wrong what God had called wrong. Even to the point of risking their lives. Following God was that important to them.
I have felt for sometime that we are coming to a crossroad in our nation, even in our own communities. Is God calling you to stand? Is He calling me to stand? Where is the line where you will say, “This is it. I am not giving another inch.”?
God needs His people to stand. Don’t read a political statement into this. All I am asking you to do is to examine your life and determine where your “I have had enough” line is. Where and when will you stand up for God and for what He calls right and wrong? Not what the world or the “politically correct” call right or wrong.
Where and when will you stand to make a difference? It is important to know where your line is. Make a difference.