From the beginning, they knew they were fighting a losing cause. The soldiers were outnumbered ten to one. With the odds so badly stacked against them, the young recruits turned and retreated at first sight of the enemy. Seeing the mass flight of soldiers, the captain commanded the buglers to sound the retreat. In formation, all of the soldiers turned around and marched back to their base – all but one, that is.
Old Joe wouldn’t retreat. He kept marching forward with his gun blazing. When the enemy soldiers saw him coming, they threw down their weapons and surrendered. Old Joe captured the entire army by himself because he was willing to march against the flow.
The world needs more Christians who are willing to march against the flow and do what is right. When everyone else is retreating and compromising their convictions, Christians should be marching forward and advancing the cause of biblical truth. To advance truth is to live lives worthy of our calling. It is to hate sin rather than condone it. It is to love the right so much that we deal quickly with wrongdoing in our churches, families, and private lives. It is to read the Word of God and spend time in prayer so our hearts are soft and pliable. It is to share the gospel clearly with every person we meet. With each bold step we take forward, our enemies will fall back. Instead of retreating, we will gain ground.
The most immoral word in the English language is compromise. Christians should be ever so careful never to tolerate it in their lives. Have you allowed the fear of friends, family, co-workers, or teachers to make you retreat from spiritual battles? Have you slowly backed away from your convictions because you don’t think the ground is worth defending anymore? Stand your ground. Better yet, march forward against the flow of compromisers around you. Spiritual victory is yours for the taking.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder