Doing the right thing is never easy. Standing in the face of harsh criticism or hardhearted judgement for what you know is right can make us feel alone, and at the same time, good. Good only because we can feel like a superhero, but that good feeling can be misleading, too.
Every Christian needs to ask themselves: Are we standing for something for the right reasons? Is it truly for a cause and are we justified in that cause? What does the Bible say about that cause? If it’s a gray area, can we truly justify our actions? What we stand for can tap into ego in this age of social media. Are there better ways to stand for something?
I’m saying this out loud into the void of the internet, because it’s a question I struggle with from time to time. Standing for something is great in an age where no one stands for anything, where corruption, greed, and idolatry overshadow a person’s faith.
Without God’s Word, it’s just moralism.
Without compassion, it is,
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. FROM HERE
Balance…that’s what I work to maintain–balance between two extremes. God’s love is perfect.
My love, on the other hand, not so perfect.