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Nov 21
2013
Steve Marr

Standing Firm for Principle

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Christians often are called to stand for principle. Today, Christians are martyred for their faith in many parts of the world.  When faced with a choice, these saints choose principle, and death, over renouncing faith in Christ, and living on earth.

In the United states, we face choices everyday, do we stand for Christ, His ways and His principles, or do we fold? The pressure may come from being expected to laugh at an off color joke, lie by omission to get through a situation or to condone public policy that does not uphold a Biblical standard.

A choice we have is, give up, or stand tall. Will we be remembered as one who stood for the Lord, or surrendered? Is the road to surrender really easier?

Most know of the battle at the Alamo. While historical accounts differ, we know approximately 189 Texans held off the Mexican Army of thousands for 13 days at the siege of the Alamo.  The garrison was asked to surrender, they refused, knowing they could not prevail against a vastly larger force. The result was the death of all defenders when the battle ended on March 3rd, 1836.

Shortly after, another battle was engaged, one you may have never known. The town of Goliad Texas was defended by a group of 342 Texian defenders.  When asked to surrender, the commander, James Fannin, seeing the situation as helpless, surrendered. On March 27th, 1836 Mexican General Santa Anna ordered the execution of all 342 prisoners.

The result of both battles was the same, the death of all Texians.

What are some of the differences between the two battles?

First, we “Remember the Alamo”, who has ever said “Remember Goliad” in history?

Second, in the battle of the Alamo the Mexican sustained 600 causalities, a high price for the victory. In taking Goliad, no Mexican causalities were sustained.  When standing for principle, we have a choice, surrender and make the advance of the enemy easy, or stand and fight, making them pay a heavier price, even when they seem to win.

Third, Colonel Travis, commander of the Alamo asked for help from the Goliad force. Colonel Fannin declined to send help.  If the forcers had merged, could they have held the Alamo, and prevailed? Possibly, we will never know. We do know that by not combining the forcers, each was doomed to defeat.

When pressured, we can look at Scripture, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.’ (Psalm 20:7 NIV) We can either trust our survival instants and a desire for an easier road, or the Lord. We have choice, trust God, or ourselves.   

CEN application:

1. Is the church stronger separately, or if we work together?

2. How can we work together to unify the church?

3. Where are we challenged today to take a stand? Will be we an Alamo, or Goliad?  

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