Bullying has been a phenomenon that has taken place for generations. Throughout history, the art of bullying has been built off of one or more individuals who assert a greater amount of power over those who are considered to be weaker. Regardless of a person’s age, bullying can occur and often does occur. Whether it be in the workplace, in one’s neighborhood, or even in school, bullying can happen to anyone. However, there is one thing that can and often deters a person who is a bully.
When an individual finally realizes that the treatment that they are receiving deserves a level of indignation and boldness, then that is when the bullying ceases. Contrary to popular belief, violence is usually not necessary to deter a person who bullies. Rather, it is the desire of the person who is pushed around to realize their self-worth and to stand up in courageousness against those who are seemingly in power. It is then that the bully retreats and begins to back down because a person who uses force or insults to dictate, feed off of the fear of others.
In the time that we are living in, there are many Christians who have given up their God given authority. Many have decided to capitulate to the lawlessness that many nations have incorporated in their culture. Instead of speaking the truth to the powers that be, many Christians have become silenced by the wickedness who represent the majority. In the book of Numbers chapter 13, 12 scouts are sent by Moses to survey the land of Canaan.
Canaan was a land that was promised by God to the people of Israel. The Israelites were told that they would inhabit the land. In verses 1-21 of this chapter, Tribal leaders were sent to Canaan in order to give a report of the land and its inhabitants. Here is what the leaders reported:
(NLT) “This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.”
Notice that the leaders say that the land is “flowing with milk and honey.” This meant that the land was prosperous and plentiful. Also take note of the inhabitants of the land. The leaders stated that the inhabitants were powerful and that they were giants.
(NLT) “But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”
Caleb who was one of the spies that Moses had sent to Canaan believed that they were capable of possessing the land. However, notice the rebuttal in the final verses:
(NLT) “But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”
Notice that in the last verse the leaders felt as if they were miniscule or quite incapable of conquering the land. The report that the leaders gave was as the scripture said a “bad report.” Essentially, most of the Tribal leaders were afraid of their opposition because they saw themselves as smaller compared to the giants. Thus, they believed they couldn’t possess the land nor did they think it was worth trying.
When you look at our world today, there are many things that can cause those who are in Christ to believe that the effort to proclaim the Gospel is simply not worth it. Some may believe that living for God and standing for God’s righteousness isn’t the path to take. If the majority of society is going in one direction, why shouldn’t we do the same? The answer to such a question is that God has given every Christian a responsibility.
The responsibility is none other than to stand firm in the faith which the Apostle Paul encourages us to do in 1 Corinthians 16:13. In Numbers, chapter 13, the Tribal leaders were of the belief that they could not conquer the land of Canaan because they were intimidated by the sheer size of the giants. Many Christians have assumed the same philosophy that the Tribal leaders had which is that they were incapable of doing what God had given them the power and ability to do.
God had already promised the land of Canaan to the Israelites, but fear and intimidation caused them to doubt that it was possible. In the context of having Holy boldness, you and I need to have the fearlessness that it takes to stand firm in the faith even in these times. The world is constantly showing signs of decay both morally and spiritually, and yet it is the same world that has silenced many in the body of Christ.
Instead, we who are truly in Christ must be willing to stand for God’s principles and choose not to give into what the world has dictated. Many fear persecution and criticism from the media or from unbelievers. However, in order for us to accomplish what God desires which is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a dying world, we must stand unashamed. Christians should not look at the ratio of those who believe and those who don’t, and merely give up due to the majority choosing not to believe.
It is true that the trends are now against those who are seriously following Christ. However, that is not the baseline to follow as it relates to seeking God and following Him. Our basis for truth and spreading the Gospel should be hinged upon the mandate that God has given to us which is the Great Commission. Regardless of what laws are instituted to silence Christians, we must stand. Allowing ourselves to be intimidated by what has become ‘the law’ is not how God wants us to operate. While we are supposed to support and pray for our leaders, we should not forsake Godly principles.
Regardless of the sin that has become approved by society, we who are in Christ should remain authentic to the calling that God has given to us. Not only are we called to share the Gospel with everyone we meet, but we are to abstain from sin. This is not a time for the called of God to be ashamed of the Gospel or to shrink back in fear. The days are becoming more dangerous as we reach the coming of Jesus Christ. Now is the time to stand for Christ and to do so unashamedly.
If you don’t know Jesus as your as your personal savior, then you are living in sin which separates you from the knowing God’s love. Now is the time for you to accept Christ’s precious gift of salvation while you have a chance. Once you have accepted this gift of life, then you will also be called to take a stand against the enemy and all who stand with Him. All of us who are in Christ must live by godly principles and we must do so with Holy boldness.