Way back when I read Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gregory Peck played the part of the heroic attorney, Atticus Finch in the movie version. Basically Counselor Finch took on the case of a falsely accused black man in the Deep South. One of the many classic statements given by Finch to his daughter, Scout, carries the truth of the meaning of courage:
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
In the instant case, Atticus won against all odds. Christians living in a world growing darker by the day must throw off the idea that every battle we enter has a money guarantee of winning and being paraded through the streets to accolades of the gathered throng.
In his magnificent book, Kingdoms in Conflict, Charles Colson used a letter written to William Wilberforce by John Wesley about the struggle against slavery:
“My dear Sir,
Unless the Divine power has you up to be as Athanasius contra mundum,* I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villainy, which is the scandal of religion, of England and of human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils, but if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? Oh, be not weary in well doing. Go on in the name of God, and in the power of His might, till even American slavery, the vilest that ever saw the sun, shall vanish away before it. That He that has guided you from your youth up may continue to strengthen you in this and all things, is the prayer of
Your affectionate servant,
*Latin phrase meaning “against the world,” characterizing anyone who makes an unpopular moral stand against prevailing social opinions. Athanasius, A.D. 296-373, was an early church father who opposed many of the heresies of his time.
For the last while I have noticed a trend among brethren of many varied persuasions to go along to get along. The three points of the raging battle against Christ and His word are the old one of abortion, the standing for the sanctity of life, and the two recent ones, which seem to have exploded on the scene overnight, social acceptance of Sodomy and the denigration of the sanctity of marriage as commanded between a man and a women, as militant Sodomites attempt to resurrect the days of the debauched Roman, Nero, who castrated a 12 year old boy, later marrying him in a public ceremony. Could it be that we are reliving a very negative history?
Recently a planned TV program was cancelled due to the lobbying influence of the Sodomite agenda. It is no longer permissible to even have a biblical idea without having the firepower of Nero pointed in your direction.
May I say, on biblical grounds, we who know and love the truth must be willing to walk tall for truth. People may do as they please, but we must never give any sort of biblical sanction to that which is utterly condemned in the word of God.
Jesus warned us to consider Lot’s wife and Peter reminds us of the misery of Lot as he kept his mouth shut to assuage the bitter rage of the Sodomites of his day. (2 Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;).
Throughout the history of Christ’s church, the church has been taught to stand true to Christ, all the while doing everything possible to be a lighthouse to those in the tumultuous sea of darkness and despair and rescue those drowning in what the scripture calls sin, regardless of whatever name it was marching under at the time.
The current fad is nothing new, but according to scripture people can be changed by God’s mighty power as we note in 1 Corinthians 6:9, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
If hope were not needed or possible, God would not offer it to whosoever.
It may be a little past time start taking the Latin phrase, contra mundum, serious.
Copyright (C) 2014 Larry Lilly
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