From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin
It was the great Winston Churchill who once said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
It’s hard to stand up for something when we know that adverse consequences can follow.
We like being liked, as Facebook posts can testify, but following the crowd can mean compromise of values and there is a great price to pay for that.
The life of Jesus Christ was one that produced many enemies for Him because He refused to back down from the religious authorities who tried to squeeze Him into their mold.
As an avid sports fan I have watched with great interest the media’s treatment of former Heisman trophy winner and NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow.
This man has been bold and unashamed about sharing his Christian faith publicly, as well as giving generously to many humanitarian causes.
He even purchased an ad to promote a pro-life stance at the Super Bowl.
These actions have gained him the admiration of many people.
They have also attracted a whole host of internet haters who are not afraid to voice their strong opposition to Tebow’s lifestyle.
Many have been very critical of his football ability, but it may just be a cover up for their true hatred towards his outspoken faith.
Tebow is not unaware of the conflict that has ensued, but it doesn’t deter him.
Is there an issue or area in your life that you feel strongly about but are afraid to voice it for fear of gaining enemies?
You cannot live your life in a bubble.
By all means be pleasant and respectful in your stance, but at the end of the day, don’t back down.
The old saying is still true: “If you stand for nothing you will fall for everything.”