Most fish don’t go with the flow. Take salmon, for example. This fish is anything but a pushover. Salmon are not the kind of fish you would see taking either the shortest route from Point A to B, or the path of least resistance. Rather than being carried along by the current, some species travel over 900 miles and climb nearly 7,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean as they return to the place of their birth to spawn.*  Then they give birth to salmon which possess the same tenacious spirit.

Even stronger than the rapids through which salmon migrate is the rip current of the world. Sadly, many spiritually stagnant Christians are being swept up in its torrent. The Bible doesn’t mince words when speaking about believers who pledge their loyalty to the world. It calls them the enemies of God. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that label on my conscience. I want to be a friend of God, and I know you do, too.

This means we have to swim against the current of popular, yet unbiblical, opinion on the issues of gay marriage and abortion. It involves swimming upstream against the tides of doctrinal compromise and relative truth—because the survival of future generations is dependent upon it.

Are you willing to swim against the current for the sake of the next generation and your relationship with God? You may face persecution, ridicule, unjust criticism, and a tidal wave of enemies on account of your stand. But count the cost—would you rather be a friend of the world, or of God? Then start swimming upstream today.

No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. — C.H. Spurgeon

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.

* Facts taken from an online article at