• Jack Selcher

Will You Stand Alone?

The pressure to conform to the behavior of others around you is enormous. I was reminded of that as I was sitting in a church pew on May 30, 2021.

At that time in the USA, COVID-19 restrictions were relaxing significantly. In Pennsylvania, where I live, the fully vaccinated didn’t have to wear masks anymore. As I looked around me from that pew, hardly anyone was wearing one. Most of the congregation, I assumed, had been vaccinated. The church leaders no longer asked everyone to wear a mask. The unmasked were undoubtedly breathing easier without one. They felt safe. I was glad they were experiencing this freedom.

Did I mention I was wearing a mask? Why? There was a higher law than that of my home state—the law of love. My daughter and wife had both been vaccinated. But they still weren’t comfortable in a world where COVID-19 hadn’t been utterly crushed. Both have health issues that make them vulnerable. I wore the mask because they requested it. Yet, sitting in the pew, I felt the pressure to conform to what everyone else was doing. You’ve felt that pressure too, I’m sure. You repeatedly face a decision that’s far more significant than whether you wear a mask when most don’t.

Ceaseless powerful currents push you toward dancing to the music and singing the songs of the unchristian world’s band. The world system badgers you if you don’t comply. It attacks you if you aren’t thinking, talking, and behaving as it expects (Romans 12:1). It tolerates morality. It hates Christ and Christlikeness (John 15:19). If you’re following Christ, you’ve felt the pressure. You can let the world’s currents carry you. You can let the Holy Spirit lead you. You can’t do both at the same time. You can conform to the evil desires you had when you were living in darkness. You can follow the path of obedience (1 Peter 1:14). You can conform to the world’s pattern or to God’s will (Romans 12:2). It takes courage to take a stand when everyone else is sitting. Do you love God enough to obey Him? Do you love Him enough to stand when you must stand alone? #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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