What bold stance have you taken recently? I have been impressed by the growing number of dads that are dropping cable and satellite service, and in general cutting back significantly on time spent in front of the television, on the internet time and on cell phones in favor of more family time. These dads are taking a bold stand against social media and worldly influence in the home.
Recently, it was encouraging to see over 30 pastors across the Houston area, a senator and the Liberty Institute stand beside five local pastors whose sermons and other church communication had been subpoenaed by the mayor’s office. The faith community took a bold stand calling for the subpoenas to be withdrawn. They were withdrawn.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law My servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:7. Entering the land promised to his forefathers, Joshua received instructions to stand against the influence of the polytheistic peoples in the land. He stepped onto that battlefield in obedience with strength and courage. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20. There is nothing passive about being a disciple. The challenge for me, as with Joshua being careful to obey all the law, is to indeed be a disciple in practice. Only then can I boldly step onto the battlefield and be the Kingdom influence in this world the Lord expects me to be.
Tips to Be Bold:
- Know what you stand for – Absolute Truth, the Word of God;
- Know Who you stand with – The Word made flesh, Jesus the Christ;
- Boldly take a stand – When Truth is compromised.
Prayer guide: Lord, thank You for the gifts and blessings You have granted me. I confess that I have been passive in the face of worldly influence personally, in my home, church and the community. Forgive me. Strengthen my relationship with You and my faith in You. Equip me as a disciple to step boldly forward to be a Kingdom influence where You have me. Amen.
A faithful father is bold, standing firm in Truth for his family and beyond.