I had an interesting conversation last week while traveling. I was sitting drinking a coffee and reading a booking in the hotel. A younger man was sitting nearby and asked what I was reading. I told him that I was reading a book called “Tender Warrior – God’s Intention For A Man” by Stu Weber. He noticed that I had a note pad and seemed to be writing things down from the book. I explained that each chapter included questions to consider, so I was answering the questions. He left, but then came back with a cup of coffee a few minutes later. I asked him if he was married. He said he had been married two years, but it wasn’t going very well. I asked why. He responded with all the things that she was doing that he wanted done differently.
I listened as he went through his list; and then I asked him what he was doing to lead his marriage to the place where God intended his marriage to be. By the look on his face – you would have thought I kicked him in the teeth and told a joke about his mother. He was mad. He wanted to know why I was preaching to him and who did I think I was. He told me that he didn’t appreciate people trying to convert him. He said he didn’t have any tolerance for a religion that claims to know everything. Using a few colorful adjectives, he told me that I was a nut job and he walked away.
Let’s face it…our faith sometimes causes us problems. It’s always been that way. When Paul and Silas delivered a slave girl from spiritual oppression, their actions resulted in a citywide uproar. Authorities accused them of advocating unlawful practices counterproductive to Roman society. The magistrate ordered them beaten and thrown into jail. Our stand for faith might even result in ridicule, rejection and discrimination. Paul and Silas responded by allowing themselves to suffer on behalf of Jesus. In the midst of their suffering, they even invited their jailer into a relationship with Jesus.
While we might not suffer to the extent Paul and Silas did, we can still choose to make spiritually correct choices, as they did. We can follow in their footsteps—standing for our faith and even inviting our enemies into a relationship with Jesus.
Be Strong. Act Like Men.