Stand for Something
In a world where values are gradually eroding, I sometimes struggle to know what people’s worldview, ideologies or if you like, position are on basic/fundamental things such as faith, marriage, relationships, parenting, business, just to name a few.
In my view, we are becoming a generation of people with confusing ideologies. Once upon a time, there used to be a sense of right and wrong but not anymore. Everything is subjective nowadays, and for fear of offending anyone, it’s easier to go with the flow than bravely standing up for what we believe to be right. Well, who decides what’s right anyway? Isn’t the sense of right or wrong individualistic and dependent on circumstances?
Christians and non-Christians alike are sometimes guilty of being undecided and blasé when it comes to taking a stand about things that affect families, society, the church, government and the world at large.
What you stand for will largely depend on your worldview. If you are a Christian like me, much of what you believe and stand for will be informed by your Christian worldview, or so I would expect. It will be a contradiction and hypocritical of us if our life philosophies differ from the choices we make or the things we choose to support or not.
I’m personally wary of people who vacillate between one belief system and another – and those whose position on life and issues sway from one end to another with nothing fixed.
Some of the reasons people may have for not having a fixed mind about faith, marriage, relationships etc., may include:
• Ignorance – lack of relevant information
• Self – Doubt – they may not feel that the way they live their lives gives them the authority to hold another to scrutiny
and therefore keep quiet about what they know is right
• Confidence – not having enough confidence about the facts they hold to be true and about themselves
• Fear of being alone – therefore leading to a need to please others.
• Indecisiveness – Wooliness, inability to make a decision.
I like the way Malcolm X puts it, a man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. God himself doesn’t like fence sitting, especially in spiritual matters. It’s in the Bible, Revelation 3:15-16, TLB. “I know you well—you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other! But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth!” An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8 HCSB)
Undecided people hardly take a bold standpoint, and they are neither cold nor hot. However if you want to leave your footprint in the sands of time, you will have to take a stance about something or some things. Sitting on the fence won’t cut it.
What are those things you are afraid to take a position on, or been delaying for lack of conviction? Is it your marriage, health and wellbeing, family, career, education etc.? There’s time as we are still within the first month of the year. Be firm in your commitments to whatever it is that is noble, and can be a blessing to you, others and your world.
I for one am determined to be unapologetic about the things that I strongly believe in, such as my faith in Jesus Christ and the importance of the family to society and the world at large. It also means that I am prepared to take a stand against anything and everything that serves to diminish my beliefs. What about you? What do you need to take a stand for? Taking a viewpoint doesn’t mean you are insular in your thinking?
“He who does not know where he is cannot know where he ought to go.” Don’t allow anyone make you feel inferior for what you believe in so long as it’s laudable.
There are some who take a stand for the wrong thing or cause. This is not the type of attitude I’m referring to. Taking a dogged approach to the wrong things won’t make it suddenly right. This is just sheer obstinacy, or unless there is an agenda behind it. How do I know if their stand is right or wrong? In the first instance I have the Bible to rely upon and if that won’t do for some, only time can tell. Surely if it’s a good stand, it won’t cause harm to others, but will be a blessing to the person and those that are around them.
In 2017 and beyond, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things (Philippians 4:8). I would like to take it a step further and say, don’t just think about such things, take a stand for them: be it at work, home, politics, in your relationships, business and in every facet of life.
Finally, may I leave you with this quote by Anthony Carmona. “You must stand for something! It does not have to be grand, but it must be a positive thing that brings light to someone else’s darkness.”