“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” -Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)
Sometimes being the bearer of God’s truth can be a formidable and daunting task. Not everyone will want to hear it, for God’s truth has the tendency to pierce deep into the inner recesses of the soul and reveal areas in our lives where His cleansing power needs to wash us of sin and wrong attitudes. This fact makes people uncomfortable. Out of a desire to hold onto their wickedness or to tolerate its presence in an effort to not disturb the peace, others will do all that they can to snuff out the truth and drown its voice. In such a climate it is easy to give into discouragement and question whether we did what was right in taking a stand for God’s righteousness and truth.
God never promised that upholding His cause would be an easy task. If the examples of the prophets and of Christ Himself are an indicator, standing up for what is right and pure in a sinful world can often be dangerous, painful, and lonely. But God, in His goodness and love, promises that those who call upon His name and are obedient to His call to proclaim His truth never fight alone. If He has given us His torch of righteousness to bear and go forth into the darkness, He will see to it that it is never snuffed out. Through the suffering and opposition we may endure, He will be the one to help us raise His torch when we are weak and give us the boldness to speak when our mouths fall silent. As long as we allow Christ to guide our steps towards the fulfillment of His perfect will for the world, we can be assured in the fact that our simple obedience to Him will not return void; that God will work out His redemptive mission even in the face of vehement opposition. As children of Christ who know that their security and strength comes from God, we must always be ready and willing to stand up for His truth and for what is pure and just. It may not be the most comfortable of tasks and it may result in conflict. But God sometimes needs to shatter the false sense of peace and façade of righteousness we have created if true restoration and peace is to flourish.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.