if you don’t stand for something

It’s been said that if you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. What does that even mean?

Judges 21:25 (NIV) sums up the struggle that went on during the entire Book of Judges. “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”

In Bible times most nations were ruled by kings who made and enforced the laws of the land and provided order. But during this particular time period, Israel had no king yet. They had forgotten that God was their king who spoke to them through the judges. The Israelites tried to judge right from wrong on their own, and allowed injustice to go unpunished. No one stood for the truth so they fell for everything.

When we don’t believe that there is absolute truth or a final authority — that God is the only God, that Scripture is the Word of God and is true, word for word, that sin is in our human nature and separates us from God  — we lose the ability to decipher right from wrong. Our flawed human thoughts and opinions become the compass guiding us in our decisions and our judgment gets clouded. We start this “well it may not be okay for you but I don’t see anything wrong with it” rationalizing and before long, we’re following our own religion of man-made thoughts and beliefs, picking and choosing what we support and what we frown upon like it’s an a la carte menu … supporting abortion in the instance of rape and sex before marriage when you know you’re going to marry the person, but not supporting homosexuality. Or supporting an occasional glass of wine or a beer with friends in a controlled environment like your parent’s home, but not supporting clubbing.

The Bible is our source for absolute truth. Second Timothy 3:16 talks about how all Scripture is God-breathed, Psalm 119:160 declares “all your words are true” (referring to God), and John 17:17 says that God’s Word is truth. We can trust the words in the Bible and apply them to our lives. We can absorb them and let them be our compass for the way we respond to culture.

What are you standing for? Are you grounded in your faith? Does your position on homosexuality, abortion, sex before marriage, or dating a non-believer match up with your source for truth — the Bible? What about your belief in water baptism, salvation, God’s grace, or the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Devote some time this next week to take a stand on these issues. You might have a lot of great thoughts, but if someone were to ask you where you stood you’d flounder with an answer. Grab a Bible with a good concordance and read up on a few of these topics. Pray over them. Journal about them.

If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. Your mind will be too open. You’ll be vulnerable to being misled. You’ll be too eager to trade in what you believed last week for the new thing to believe this week. Find out what the Bible, your source for absolute truth, says about the topics you see in our culture today.

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