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FIRST-PERSON: Called to take a stand

DORA, Ala. (BP) — I admit it. I’m one of those Facebook people.

I posted several messages on Facebook about an ungodly TV show that was premiering a few months ago and included a list of the sponsors of the show and their contact information.

I asked readers at my Facebook page to contact the sponsors to tell them we would no longer use their products or services if they continued to support that program. I also posted a comment from a person telling me I was being ridiculous for opposing the show and saying she would no longer watch my local television segments because of my stand against this program.

Dozens and dozens of people defended and encouraged me over the person’s comments.

But how many people said they would contact the sponsors of the program? Less than 20.

Reminds me of a church member that a pastor friend told me about. He had preached a sermon on the believer’s responsibility to be active in the Kingdom of God. A lady stopped him afterward to say, “Preacher, I know exactly what I’m supposed to do and I’ve been doing it for years. Each time these doors are open, I’m to be in this place on this pew.”

My preacher friend was stirred to prepare a later sermon titled, “Called to Take a Stand, Not a Seat.”

If we as God’s people sit on our heavenly haunches while ungodly laws are passed, demon-honoring programs are aired and so many more things take place that dishonor and displease our Lord and Savior, what are we going to say when we stand before the Father one day?

“I didn’t watch any of it” and “It upset me when that law passed” likely won’t be sufficient responses.

Christians must be people of action. Unless soldiers in the army of God do their part, we’re going to be overrun by the enemy. Yes, the final victory is the Lord’s and that’s already been won, but we can’t expect any medals while hunkering down in our churches.

The old hymn says, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross.” Time to get up, get out, and contend for what we believe in.

When Hitler began systematically rounding up and killing Jews, the world refused to believe it was happening. Still today, there are people who say the Holocaust never happened, even though there are countless sources of documentation to prove the slaughter of 6 million people.

We aren’t ostriches. We can’t stick our heads in the sand and think we’re keeping bad things from happening around us. And let’s face it: There’s more than enough here already.

Let’s do more than talk about what’s wrong. Whether it’s through refusing to buy a product or by letting a politician know we won’t vote for or reelect a person with his/her agenda, get active.

For some reason, we tend to think we’re like Jesus when we’re passive. Nothing could be more wrong. He was and is an active Savior. He threw the moneychangers out of the temple. He continually spoke out against wrong. He continues to right wrongs and teaches us to do likewise. Jesus showed who He truly is through His words and actions. Be like Jesus, not like the silent majority.

Let’s model the clear words of the apostle Paul, “I am put here for the defense of the gospel” (Philippians 1:16b, NIV).

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  • Judy Woodward Bates