Standing Up for Your Faith

When You Have to Stand Alone

Sometimes taking a stand for the Lord means being willing to stand alone. That has never been more true than now, in this day and age as America continues to plummet down the slippery slope of moral decay and godlessness.

But if the Lord had given you a burden to take a stand – do it. Don’t be afraid of what men will think. Don’t be afraid of the consequences.

If you want to take a stand against abortion – do it! If you are ready to lead the fight to put prayer back in public schools – do it! Whatever your burden may be – from immorality in our nation’s government to internet pornography – get up and go!

God has called us, as Christians, to often take the unpopular stand, to go against the flow and to make waves. Think of it this way: If you are not willing to take a stand, who will? God tells us in His Word:

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Many of the great leaders in our past have been men and women who were not afraid to stand up for their beliefs, even if they thought differently than the majority. Think of Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King. As we stand at the beginning of new millennium, we are going to be faced with even greater adversity and more threats to faith, family and our precious freedoms as children of God. Now is the time to stand up and be counted, even if it means standing alone.

Remember: The world may forsake us as we stand alone on principle, but the Lord “will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

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