Too many people are afraid to show their faith in this politically correct world. We “um” and “ug” when anyone says something against our beliefs. The last thing we want is to offend anyone. Yet, a lot of non-believers don’t have that problem. They’ll get in the face of a Christian; tell us we’re homophobic, simpleminded, etc., without even knowing us. They scream tolerance, yet have little of their own.
Too often we find people who only have tolerance for a belief if it’s their view. They say there should be equality, but only if it’s equality for themselves, not people opposing their views. And the media is a prime example of this type of hypocrisy. We no longer have “fair and balanced” news coverage. We have opinions which try to sway our ideals.
So how do we keep up our courage and face the wrath of people who scream tolerance but really aren’t? One way is to read the Bible so you have ways to argue against non-believers. Joshua 1:8 reads, This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. The more you know about God, the stronger your faith will be, and the more you can fight the “good” fight if need be. You must have that self-assurance when Satan brings others against you. And God’s word is the best way to build that confidence.
Another way is to watch videos of those who are not afraid to show their true beliefs. I love it when I see a kid speak out about God or Jesus, especially when it’s real. You can tell when they actually believe what their saying by the confidence they exude. Some kids are nervous, they trip over their tongues, things most insecure people do when talking before people. Those are the kids that I’m almost sure Mom or Dad put up to do the speaking of the parents’ opinion.
However, every once in a while a kid comes along who stands her ground with great information and you can tell it’s real. One of those young ladies I came across this past week in a 2009 video. Then twelve-year-old Lia Mills is a pro-life gal who says things that blew me away. My favorite line is “Do we only call them human if they’re wanted?”
That is very strong and hits you between the eyes. The best part, it’s true. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out below. This girl is wonderful, bright, and very articulate with her words.
Having the courage to stand tall in your beliefs when you know others might try to shoot you down is not easy for anyone. But Jesus wants us to stand tall for Him. If we’re afraid to shout out the name of the Lord, then why should He say our name when we come before God?
Read your Bible, watch other confident people when it comes to faith, and you will build more knowledge so if you’re attacked, you can fight back. In the words of Sir Frances Bacon, “Knowledge is Power”.
And in this case, it can build confidence to stand up to those hypocrites who hate more than tolerate.