I often hear parents and adults talking about how “tough” or “hard” it is to stand for holiness and truth in this day when so many others live differently. The entire culture and world points another way.
To make matters worse, even some in our own churches are choosing to live more worldly lives and this put even more pressure on our children. Christian “leaders” do the same. What is a family to do?
Friends, standing for Jesus, living in holiness, and taking higher ground will ALWAYS be rejected by the masses and even religious leaders. That is a promise from Jesus! This is not new.
If our children, young people and even adults cannot live contrary to a little American peer pressure, how in the world would we stand in the face of torture or stand against serious persecution. Christian parents used to think it was a privilege to stand alone for Jesus. It is said that one day William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, was out preaching in the streets and the angry crowd spit on his children. As one faithful SA worker saw the spittle land on the one of Booth’s children, he went to wipe it off. Booth jumped in and said no, leave it … let them wear it as a badge of honor!
Today we think such a view would harm the emotional well being of our children but Booth’s children went on to walk with God! Oh friends, our Lord is so gracious that He gives us all kinds of opportunities to build our spiritual muscles and stand for Him. Let us enjoy doing so for the glory of Jesus and teach our children to love doing so as well!!!!