CONVICTION

By DANNY MINTON

On March 6, 1836, the “Battle of the Alamo” came to an end. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna ordered his soldiers to storm the old broken-down mission held by less than 200 “Texians.” That day would end a 13-day standoff costing the lives of hundreds of Mexican soldiers and almost all of those who lived within the walls of the old mission. 

The battle wasn’t supposed to occur. General Sam Houston, commander-in-chief of the Texas army, had decided that San Antonio should be abandoned due to the lack of troops available to defend the city. However, Colonels James Bowie and William Travis decided to dig in, fighting for their convictions of making Texas free. “Remember the Alamo,” would become the battle cry and a symbol of courage for the “Texians” as they continued the fight for independence both in 1836 and later in the Mexican-American War. 

In the world we live in today, there are a lot of people with whom I cannot agree. Many embrace ideas and agendas, which are contrary to what I believe the Bible teaches. God has told us to live our lives in certain ways keeping ourselves from the worldly pitfalls. On the other hand, many in the world challenge what God teaches us in his Word. 

This is an election year, and many politicians are proclaiming their beliefs and their plan to change the country. It’s scary since I hear the desire to change, challenges what I feel are contrary to what God expects of us in this life. Chances are no matter who I vote for or who is elected, they will hold ideals that may be contrary to how my God expects me to live. So the question is, “What do I do?”

The answer to this question is found at the bottom of every email that I send out under my personal account. It’s a conviction that I decided to hold to, many years ago. I put it there to remind me about my priorities in life. If I fail to hold to this one principle, I will have failed both myself and my Lord. It’s part of the verse in Joshua 24:15 where Joshua makes his stand before the people.

 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” 

The world wants us to abandon our beliefs and fall in line with its line of thinking. The world wants us to see God’s teachings as archaic and accept the fact that the world is different in modern times. If I am to be relevant in today’s world, then I am told I must conform and accept what today’s culture deems correct. If I don’t accept the changes, then I am seen as an “enemy” to progress.

Paul wrote to the Romans, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12:2 (NASB)

“The will of God,” that is the concept that I want to hold onto as the world surrounds me with its attack. I will be called to abandon my beliefs as being old and out of date. I will be called to lay down my Bible, my sword, and surrender to the enemy. I will be called to set my convictions aside and be conformed to things that I know are unpleasing to God.

However, I will hold to another “Remember” phrase, one Jesus spoke to his apostles. “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you;”  John 15:20 (NASB)

When I am told that I must abandon the cause, my battle cry will be, “Remember the cross!” As I stand for Christ in this world, I may be defeated by a world that seems to be moving further away from Him. However, in the end, when I have given my life to Him, standing for what my God desires, I know that victory and freedom will be the results.

The Alamo was lost, but in the end, the war was won. It wasn’t an easy win. Any war, win or lose has its cost. The battle we fight in this life has its cost. Darts will be thrown at us because of our beliefs. We will be called unloving and uncaring because we take a stand against things the world wants to change. We will face hatred and ridicule for fighting against things we feel are contrary to the Word.

When I am called to conform to the things contrary to God’s will I will hold to my conviction, “Choose this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

“Remember the Cross!”

Danny Minton is Pastoral Minister and Elder at Southern Hills Church of Christ

 

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