What Do We Stand For?

February 20, 2017

 

To Be Honest:

Far too often, Christians are only known for what we are “against.” The unfortunate caricature comes to mind: an old white guy in a suit – spitting, sweating, screaming – Bible in one hand and his crooked finger pointed at sinners on their way to hell. This guy is “preaching” against the cultural sinfulness of the day: drinking, smoking, pre-marital sex, liberals, materialism, abortion, the government, tattoos, transgender bathrooms, gambling, porn, drugs, short skirts, dancing, sex-trafficking, rated R-Movies, socialism, anything other than the King James Bible, The FaceBook, progressives, crude humor, communists, nose rings, income inequality, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, anti-guns laws, cussing, refugees, strip clubs, flag burning, rap music, chewing tobacco, globalism, The Pope, public schools, Muslims, political correctness, protestors, vaccines, homosexuals, Fifty Shades of Grey, taxes, the fake media, and of course how America has moved from Christian values.

Some of these are obviously sinful according to Scripture (including but not limited to pre-marital sex, abortion, strip clubs, porn, etc) and some by implication can fall into that category as well. Many of these are lamentable. But some are simply an easy target to rail against when the preacher has nothing else to say, in my opinion. Far too often preachers are guilty of preaching their own convictions, handing out Scarlet Letters to everyone, rather than the Biblical text (I’m including myself here). But the question is asked…what do Christians actually stand for? 

This is a question every Christian must ask themselves. If Christians are going to make a genuine difference among our neighbors and the nations we must be clear about we are actually represent in the world. Here are a few key realities that we as Christians stand for:

  • Christians Stand for Truth: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:31-32

  • Christians Stand for Life: I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. – John 10:10

  • Christians Stand for Redemption: We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:14

  • Christians Stand for Purity: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8

  • Christians Stand for The Uniqueness of Men and Women: He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. – Genesis 1:27

  • Christians Stand for Justice: But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! – Amos 5:24

  • Christians Stand for Peace: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9

  • Christians Stand for Joy: May the God of hope fill you with all joy…Romans 15:13

  • Christians Stand for Freedom: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. – 2 Corinthians 3:17

  • Christians Stand for Beauty: You are altogether beautiful… – Song of Solomon 4:7

  • Christians Stand for Resurrection: But God raised Him from the dead… – Acts 13:30

  • Christians Stand for Honesty: An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies. – Proverbs 12:17

  • Christians Stand for Love: I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. – John 13:34

  • Christians Stand for the Unborn: For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. – Psalm 139:13

  • Christians Stand for Forgiveness: For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. – Matthew 6:14

  • Christians Stand for Others: Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. – Philippians 2:4

  • Christians Stand for Unity: How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! – Psalm 133:1

  • Christians Stand for Virtue: Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue… – 2 Peter 1:5

  • Christians Stand for Hope: And hope does not put us to shame… – Romans 5:4

  • Christians Stand for Equality: There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28

  • Christians Stand for Diversity: You redeemed people for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation. – Revelation 5:9

  • Christians Stand for Compassion: …our God is full of compassion. – Psalm 116:5

  • Christians Stand for the Broken: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18

  • Christians Stand for Grace: For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. – Romans 6:14

  • Christians Stand for Humility: Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. – Philippians 2:4

  • Christians Stand for New Creation: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation… – 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • Christians Stand for the Oppressed: He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner… – Deuteronomy 10:18

  • Christians Stand for Holiness: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. – Leviticus 19:2

These are just a few key realties that Christians stand for in a world filled with darkness. By standing for these things, we indeed will stand against darkness. But it is not enough just to stand against something – we must stand for something too.In doing so we offer the world a glimpse into the eternal. We stand for these ideas because Christ stood for us, by loving us while we are broken. Christ embraces those who are weak and transforms us. We stand for these realities knowing that Christ stood for us.

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