Stand Tall

A few months ago, I decided that I didn’t need to get up at 8:00 am on Sunday mornings to go to Sunday school. I was too tired. School was too much. Blah blah blah.

I was wrong. Thunks.

I learned this past week at that Sunday school about the courage to stand tall. And it hit home.

What does it mean to stand tall as a high school student? What does it mean to go against the grain, to hold up absolute truth in a society with no scale of right or wrong? It is so hard. None of us really know what we’re doing. High school is when you realize how clueless at life you truly are, while at the same time thinking you know everything. So how are we supposed to stand tall?

In a society of changing values and changing principles, with so many different opinions of so many different things, it is so easy to get caught up in the swarm of ideas and lose truth. It is so easy to remove ourselves from every possible sinful situation, to become isolated. It is so easy to sit back and say that everyone else has it wrong but we’ve got it all figured out. And it’s pretty easy to write a blog post about it, but not so much live it out.

This is not our calling.

We are called to love. We are called to be friends of sinners. We are called to know and stand in truth. We are called to abide by that truth no matter what is thrown at us. There is a common misconception among people: if you disagree with me, then you are attacking me and don’t love me.

This is false.

We are to balance love and truth. What good is our truth if it is cold and arrogant? Yet, how can we truly show Jesus to people unless we tell them His truths? To stand tall is to walk confidently in what you know to be true about you, families, marriage, government, life, sex, and people. However, do not lose sight of the most important truth: Jesus.

Standing tall is not posting a blog post against Target. Standing tall is not calling gay people abominations. Standing tall is not making a smart comment to someone about their opinion on abortion or Donald Trump. But standing tall is also not trying to appease someone, and falsely think that it is love. Standing tall is not hiding in a corner watching everyone else fight this battle.

We have an opportunity. Our lives are but a breathe of air on a cool morning. Are we going to waste that life judging in arrogance? Are we going to miss opportunities to share truth because we don’t want to ruffle feathers?

Standing tall is learning to balance love and truth. Standing tall is seeing that “being right is a distant second to the joy of compassion” in the words of Lecrae. Let’s stand:

Tall.

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