You are unpopular. It is not because of your friendships, physical abilities, test scores, or social schedule. It is due to your values. You stay true to Christ and your convictions. As a believer in Christ, you will face hardship, ridicule, and even a little persecution if you stay true to your convictions – especially if you determine to live them out in your daily life in public.
Imagine you are interviewing for a job. You are an intelligent person with much to offer a company. You graduated with honors from your school, had top reviews, great endorsements and references, did much community service, and served a student leader in your Chi Alpha chapter. In so many ways, you are a great choice for any company. Except for the values thing.
In preliminary conversation with a recruiter before the interview, you stated you had always been clear about your Christian beliefs and the values they reflect. You’ve been compassionate about emphasizing that in your opinion, everyone is broken and needs God’s help, forgiveness, and power to become all that God intended them to be. The recruiter then asks what you think about LGBT people, and does not mention she is part of that community. You respond that people are free to live how they want in America, but you feel any sexual expression outside of marriage is not the best situation for anyone. The recruiter asks, “But do you think homosexuality is wrong?” You respond by saying that you believe premarital sex between any one is not something you would advocate. You add that you believe God forgives those who turn from sinful choices.
But that didn’t help you get a job with the company.
You went through an initial round of interviews and were then sent home. The interviewer later said, “It was apparent that your religious views, among other things, were incompatible with our company’s liberal social policy and active support of the LGBT community.” You never found out what the “other things” were, and left disappointed and puzzled.
Read Daniel 3:8-30.
Maybe now you can identify with biblical examples, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They literally stood up for what they believed in was true and right. They would not bow down and worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold.
“If we were thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king,” the three young college graduates stated. “But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up (Daniel 3:17-18).
You did not face a firestorm of criticism from the company for staying true to your values because they chose not to hire you in the first place. Shadrach and his pals did not allow their values to wilt before a blazing furnace and severe social pressure. How about you?
Will you stand up for your values? For Christ? You may not be popular on campus or the marketplace for your values. But in God’s eyes you can be a beautiful reflection of His truth.
Walk wisely. Bible values may not be in vogue in this world, but they are right!
Love is a verb,
©2013 by Mike Olejarz