Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

I was invited this past Saturday Night to come and sing and fellowship with a group of people from a very prominent church in the area. As the night was coming to a close, their Pastor had just left when the lady who’s home we were at started showing us her collection of Disney Characters. As she was pointing out her display, which was fairly large, she mentioned that she wouldn’t show them while the Pastor was there because he preaches on that subject a lot — referring to supporting Walt Disney World in relation to homosexuality. The woman and her husband that I came with said, “Oh, there’s nothing wrong with collecting them; it’s not like you are worshipping them or anything.” I stood there and all that I could say was that I had read about Walt Disney World being a supporter of the homosexual movement from the American Family Association Web Site.[1]

No sooner had I said that, than another lady said, “Well, I can’t really comment because my husband is in seminary.” I thought to myself, “Husband in seminary … what does that have to do with anything … do you not have a mind of your own?” I felt really convicted. I felt I should have defended their Pastor, not to mention Christ Jesus. That is the problem now: people do not see anything wrong with supporting anything as long as it is what I WANT! When in all actuality, we are called to sacrifice, and deep in my spirit, I believe that means to give up something that we really want in order to bring praise and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We live in a society where compromise and tolerance have become the #1 principles in life. Whatever happened to putting Jesus Christ and his teachings first? Just like Duke Chapel at Duke University changing “marriage” to “union” to make same-sex marriages acceptable. This can fool only liberal people who in their ongoing efforts to be “tolerant” and “open-minded” are tolerant and open-minded to Satan.

When we sacrifice the TRUTH of Jesus Christ in order to have the things in this life that we want just because we want them and just because it is easier to “go with the flow” rather than to take a stand for Jesus Christ, then we deserve the punishment that awaits us. We are called to be witnesses and disciples of men, not pacifist and enablers of Satan. No one said it was easy to be a Christian. This, we should already know because of what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ faced after he entered this world.

We are approaching the time of year that we celebrate the birth of the one who sacrificed everything for each of us that we can have a better life throughout eternity. Isn’t it about time that we start standing up for Jesus? He did his part, now it is our turn to do our part. Jesus is the reason for the season. Jesus is the reason we have hope. He who stands for nothing will fall for anything and he who stands for anything will simply fall. As the old gospel hymn “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”, by George Duffield, Jr. goes:

Stand up Stand up for Jesus,
Ye soldiers of the cross,
Lift up high his royal banner,
It must not suffer loss,
From victory unto victory,
His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord in deed.

Stand up Stand up for Jesus,
The trumpet call obey,
Forth to the mighty conflict,
In this his glorious day,
Ye who are men now serve him
Against un-numbered foes,
Let courage rise with danger
And strength to strength oppose.

Stand up Stand up for Jesus,
Stand in his strength alone,
The arm of flesh will fail you,
Ye dare not trust your own,
Put on the gospel armor,
Each piece put on with prayer,
Where duty calls or danger,
Be never wanting there

Stand up Stand up for Jesus,
The strife will not be long,
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song,
To him who over cometh,
A crown of life shall be,
He with the king of glory,
Shall reign eternally.

– George Duffield, Jr. [2]

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

“… Jesus Christ, …is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6)

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Footnotes:

[1]

http://www.afatexas.org/document/news/archives/091897-5.htm
http://www.afatexas.org/document/boycotts/disney.htm

[2]

Hymns 477 & 481, The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration, (c) 1986, Word Music, Waco, Texas.