Stand up – Stand up Ye Soldiers!

The Creator will one day judge the creation. The last portion of verse 10 in Psalm 96 states, “He will judge the peoples with equity.” And again in verse 13,”He will judge the world with righteousness.” So, we Christians are to do what? The “Great Commission”…spread the Good News of the Gospel of Christ Jesus! Psalm 96:3, “Declare His glory among the nations,…” Oh, but the world does not want us to do this; our own country controls where the Gideon’s are allowed to hand out a New Testament. We are shut down from proselytizing; however, we are also charged with caring for the lost, to tell them there is hope, forgiveness, mercy and grace. Are we afraid of standing up for the truth we know in our hearts and minds; the truth proven by historical events, eyewitness accounts and revealed within creation itself? Are we like Peter before He was empowered to be a great preacher for Jesus…you know…that Peter that denied that he even knew Jesus…that Peter who claimed he would die for Jesus and soon denied him three times?

The world is hurting! Not all religions are the same. Some religions kill those not in their group…some will not invite others to their Communion Table. There is plenty of hate and division all around us. We Christians are to love our enemies, to love and protect the innocent, and to share the love of Jesus Christ with the lost…regardless of the hate from the world. Shall we not follow George Duffield Jr.’s famous lyrics in the second stanza of his hymn “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus!”:

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey:
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

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