Laying low until things blow over

There are challenges everywhere in the world.  There are political challenges, financial challenges, challenges within families, challenges with keeping or finding employment and religious challenges.  Governments face challenges, the environment is challenged the minds of men are be challenged.

Many people everywhere are finding themselves squeezed by many challenges.  At times these challenges go in direct opposition to our convictions.  Many times we try to work around these types of challenges because the cost may be more than what we want to pay, if we stick to our convictions.

I know of a man who has paid dearly for such conviction.  He saw a young women in their fellowship that had a lifestyle prone to repeated acts of fornication.  After being confronted the fellowship restored her several time and she made commitments to Christ, only to return to her sinful life.

This man read in scripture how we are to set such people out of the fellowship of believers and was convinced they were to do so.

But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.[1]

Even against his own family did he find himself with this position.  He was convinced that they must follow scripture but his family and the rest of the fellowship disagreed.  The disagreement was so strong this man found himself no longer welcomed in the fellowship.  They considered him to legalistic.

Not only did it cost him this, he was also disowned by his family.  He has a family that was very successful and their business was worth millions.  Instead of laying low until the thing blew over, he stuck to his convictions as a believer and was disowned by his family.  He was thrown out of the business and they do not associate with him at all, even after all of these years.

There is another man I know who had to only wait for thirty days for the trouble to blow over and he would be in the clear.  If he just laid low and made himself scarce, he could avoid trouble.  But this man on the first day didn’t not for an instant hide himself or show fear to publically do as he always did.

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.[2]

We all know this story and how Daniel went to the lions den.  We all know how he was saved by God.  But this story is not a story of how God will save all who stand up for him.  This story is about a man who stood firm in his convictions even to the point of accepting death.

We in these pressing last days are being squeezed and will be squeezed until we either try to acquiesce to those pressuring us or we do as Daniel did.  We live in days when killing babies is right and disciplining children is wrong.  We are told that homosexuality is good and those who speak about it from the scriptural perspective are hate mongers.  We all know and feel our own pressures, but be assured more is to come that will go directly against everything we believe about who we are to be as believers.

Will we stand up like Daniel and say I choose death, imprisonment or financial consequences.  Or will we bend our convections to not cause trouble, only to bend so slowly for so long we are no longer reflect the image of the people of God.  Maybe our denial of Christ won,t come in one question but in a thousand pressures, like the thousand cuts of a slow death.

[1] 1 Corinthians 5:11

[2] Daniel 6:10

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