In Praise Of The Courageous Christian!


There are a variety of definitions for the word “Courage”. One I like is provided by Merriam-Webster which defines it as, “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”

I’m not sure that being classified as a Christian, here in the United States, has required a tremendous amount of courage as defined above…until now! Today, it seems that taking a Christian position on any moral principle is requiring more and more courage. Those who preach and teach contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ seem to be outwardly accepted and praised. Thus, when I hear of the supposed “courageous” nature of individuals who claim to be living lives contrary to the laws of God, I am left to ponder just how much bravery it takes to espouse principles that the media not only accepts, but also praises and endorses. The Pioneers of debauchery and lechery have long since been embraced by our culture and written about in our history books with reverence.

No, today we live in a culture that is rapidly becoming unfriendly to the Christian belief system; a system which has been the backbone of this great country. I applaud all those who, by their daily living and example, live lives worthy to be called “Disciples of Jesus Christ”, and who bravely stand up for the principles that he taught. Today it takes ‘genuine’ courage to speak out and stand tall in defending Christian principles.

There are many throughout this great country that still stand for the right. Recorded in the twenty-eighth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles  is this event in the life of Paul.

“…from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us… whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.” (vs 15)

So let all the followers of Jesus Christ “take courage”, as did Paul, in knowing that there are still plenty of disciples among us and “thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57) Let us “Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the Lord do that which seemeth him good.”(2 Samuel 10:12)


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