Paul said, “Stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong” (1Cor 16:13).
One of the phrases in last week’s sermon was, “The theological tool shed of church leadership today is empty;” a sad but true phrase. How can we stand, how can we have courage, how can we be strong in a world set against God when we don’t have the necessary tools?
The Bible is filled with fine examples of men and women standing straight for God: Daniel wouldn’t compromise his faithful eating and drinking habits. His three friends wouldn’t bow down before an idol. Joseph ran away from temptation. Stephen spoke up for Jesus, and it cost him his life. Peter and John went to jail for continuing to tell others about Jesus. Esther risked her life when she sought the king’s audience in behalf of her people.
If you want to be the one who is standing straight in a godless world, then it is going to take some work on your part to acquire the necessary tools to make the stand.