It seems to me there comes a time in everyone’s life when we can either take a stand or remain seated. Historically, there were many political times when it was vital to TAKE A STAND or remain on the sidelines and do nothing.

Biblically, there were several such times as well. One of the most profound times was after Jesus was crucified. The 71 members of the Jewish council had an opportunity to take a stand and do the right thing. However, only 2 of the members took that stand. They were Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Both bravely asked Pontius Pilot for Jesus’ crucified body. This Joseph was a wealthy man; to honor his Lord, he gave Jesus an expensive tomb but later was said to have been punished for such a bold act. Then, remembering his memorable encounter with Jesus, Nicodemus himself brought an excessive amount of royal embalming ingredients. 

I believe there has never been a time in my life more important to TAKE A STAND. Am I really saying today is a tougher time than World War II and fighting Japan and Germany simultaneously? Yes, I believe it is simply because today we are a divided nation and seemingly out for our own individual selves. Years ago, we were united together to win. 

Yet, now we need to take a firm stand together for what is right and oppose evil. We cannot let life just pass us by and possibly lead us to calamity. Even if 69 out of 71 men (as in the Sanhedrin) choose to bypass commitment to making a difference, 2 great men can choose to stand tall. One can be on my right, and one can be on my left side. It is a choice. Now is the time!

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the house of the righteous. He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.