Scandal fans know that Olivia Pope’s team will follow her in any direction that she would lead. If they object to it, they raise their concerns, but like good friends, they fall in line because they believe in her vision. In light of Christianity, are you willing to go over a cliff?
Being a disciple of Christ, we were never meant to just “fall in line” with what’s going on in the world. Our actions must always profess truth and speak of truth. If we turn for one moment away from this then:
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 1 John1:6
Truth is easy to follow if everyone, and including laws uphold it. It’s easy to step in line and follow the laws. We have a moral duty to be honorable to just civil laws. (Notice the emphasis on just)
But what happens when laws that are passed are contrary to truth. Are we then, as disciples of Christ, expected to go against our faith to “go with the flow?” The honest answer to that is no. Look at some of the hottest issues of our time: Gay marriage and abortion (still a hot topic after 40 years).
Walking The Line
Going back to the quote at the top. If we say we walk with Christ: we go to Church (or service) we worship him, we sing praises, and honor Him, how could it be okay to turn our backs on truth because it’s politically correct?
Last week, we heard about 21 Coptic Christians who were Martyred for their beliefs. They were Christians. They weren’t killed because they were Baptist, Methodist, or Catholic, they were killed because they were followers of Christ. They were a witness to their faith, even until their very dying breath.
This is the reality of being a disciple of Christ. We are called to be a witness to our faith. To walk in the light, and to practice truth always. All over our country we have news of people doing just this.
The fire chief who was fired over his beliefs. The 70 year old grandmother whose livelihood is being stripped from her in court because of her beliefs. In both these cases their livelihood is being threatened by what they believe. They didn’t disrespect a person, they expressed their faith. While these are being made an example of, it won’t stop with these individuals.
When we are called to be children of God, and be like Jesus, that doesn’t only mean when everything is going in our direction.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name. — Ps. 63:4
In good times, in bad times we are to bless Him. We are to call upon him until our dying breath. We are to stand up for truth even though it’s against cultural norms to rock the boat. We are not called to leave our faith by the door, but to carry it like a light in all the dark places.
Olivia Pope’s team will go over a cliff if she leads them there, but are you willing to go over a cliff for God?