Glenn Packiam offers an exceptionally insightful piece on what it means to take a stand for Jesus:
Nobody’s talking about Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ anymore.
Which is why I thought this might finally be a good time to talk about a question that I kept thinking about during the uproar…. But the question that kept nagging me as Facebook and Twitter exploded with opinion, was this:
What does it mean to take a stand for Jesus?
It became clear to me that many Christians believe that speaking out against gay marriage in particular or homosexuality in general is the equivalent of taking a stand for Jesus. The logic goes something like this, “If Christians are silent about the truth, then the lie will win. Therefore we must be bold and call sin, sin.”Can we talk about this? Let’s consider a few things:
1. Jesus didn’t take a stand for himself….
2. When Peter tried to take a stand for Jesus, Jesus told him to put his sword away….
3. Jesus knows that death and darkness don’t win….
It may seem like weakness, but it is really strength. It may sound like foolishness, but it is true wisdom. It may seem like we’re letting the enemy win and have his way, but God will have the Day.
We don’t have to live or act from a place of panic. We are not the Kingdom-bringers; Jesus is. And Jesus brough the Kingdom by laying down his life. The cross redefined power and wisdom at last. Now we know what Love looks like.
How would you live and speak and love if you knew that the Light wins?