Based on Matthew 5:11-16
I’m writing this Meditation after a what was both a challenging and inspiring weekend for me. The weekend was challenging because as of this past Friday, Donald Trump is now the President of the United States of America, and he’s already lived down to my expectations by his initial actions, decisions and inflammatory rhetoric.
The weekend, however was also inspiring because many citizens and over sixty members of Congress and many citizens didn’t attend or tune in to the inauguration, because many citizens protested on Inauguration day and because on the day after the Inauguration, millions of people took to the streets around the world to stand up and march for freedom, justice and equity.
Needless to say, Mr. Trump and his cohorts criticized and ridiculed those who stood up against him and tried to divert media and public attention to other things, but the massive spectacle of millions of people standing and marching for the right thing could not be ignored. They were criticized, but they stood up and marched anyway.
Remember the courage of those who stood up for freedom, justice and equity as you travel the roads of life. Standing up for what’s right isn’t always easy to do. It takes time and energy that could be spent doing other things, it invites the ridicule of those you stand against and it may alienate some people who you consider to be crucial to your well-being. Many good people quietly accommodate to evil because of the potential cost of standing up.
We’d do well, however, to remember that those of us who call ourselves Christians believe in and follow a Savior who stood up for what’s right. He stood with the poor and outcast and told them that God’s Kingdom was their Kingdom. He stood up for justice and freedom and specialized in bettering the lives of those demeaned and cast aside by the religious leaders of His day. They eventually killed Him for standing up, but three days after His execution, He stood up again and left His grave behind to assure us of eternal life.
Walk with Jesus and stand up for what’s right today. The way may not be easy and you may be criticized, ridiculed and possibly threatened, but God will stand with you, bless your life, order your steps, guide your feet, bring you victory, give you more good days that bad days and make you appreciate why one hymn writer said, “On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”