I'm listening to news reports of a cabinet reshuffle not going to plan and the speculation about power struggles behind the scenes.
Sometimes we dig our heels in and get our own way. Sometimes we stand strong and find ourselves forcibly moved.
When were thinking of making a stand, we need to make a judgement call whether we are willing to accept the possible consequences of our stance.
Are you ready to lose your [job, friendship, advantage, stake - insert here] for the sake of principle, for the prospect of gain? Is this important enough for you?
It's easy to understand why some (most?) take the path of least resistance. Least risk. Least pain. Least soul-searching.
But some things are not negotiable. Some things are worth fighting for.
Acts 4 sets out an account of A situation where Peter and John had to decide whether to obey the authorities and to stop speaking about Jesus or to continue to speak openly about what they knew to be true. It was a no-brainer:
"Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
This was no easy thing - there were significant consequences for taking their stance.
So ask yourself: what's important enough for you to take a stand? How will you respond when it's put to the test?
Standing strong is easier with like-minded people to support you. Find out more at Redeemer on any given Sunday morning at Ealing Town Hall.
We'll stand with you.