What is an activist? Merriam Webster’s dictionary describes it as this – “A doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue.”
I am an activist for a different cause then most people. In my past, I have naively been an activist for world peace, animal cruelty and quite a few other causes. All of these are worthy causes in their own right, but shouldn’t we be activists for another cause? This is a cause that is shunned and looked down upon by most. It’s a cause I believe in and one that we, as Christians, should be activists for – Christ’s cause.
I cannot help but wonder where are the warriors for Christ? Where are the activists standing in front of abortion clinics crying out for mercy for the thousands of little souls being murdered every day? Where are the warriors ministering at soup kitchens? Where are the zealots proclaiming His love and grace among those begging for forgiveness? And where are the rebels for Christ? Vowing to be different from so many other teenagers in this world? Where are they?
I know they are out there. Yet why are we ashamed? Why are we ashamed to weld His sword and boldly go forth proclaiming His love and forgiveness? Don’t we owe it to Him to step out and be different?
Do we stammer and mutter when someone stops us in the grocery store and asks why we act and dress the way we do? Or do we give her a smile and tell her why we are different?
So many times we get caught up with the crazy and chaos that God sends our way to test us that we forget who we really are. We need to keep pressing on with our eyes on the Light. But we need to know where we stand.
The Bible is filled with promises. Blessings that will be bestowed on the ones that are faithful and sorrow upon those that are not. My favorite chapter is found in Psalm 37. It speaks of these promises, curses, and blessings.
“Delight thyself also unto the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” Psalm 37:4-6
Out of millions of people in this world we were chosen. God chose us. He called us out of the darkness and into the light. I, for one, choose to be different. Radically different. Each of us is called to a different path and a different walk. For some of us it may be ministering to the lost. For others, like me, God has us serving our families and just being a shining light from within our homes. Yet others He calls to serve foreign lands or to lead this lost and hurting nation.
Whatever our walks are, whatever we have been called to do, we should do it with our whole hearts … with the heart and strength of a warrior. Giving up is never an option. He never gave up on us and we will never give up on Him. Each cause and each calling is given to us for a purpose. Perhaps it is training for the future or perhaps we are needed where we are. Either way, we should bloom where we are planted, growing fruit and walking in His ways standing strong and bright. Not slouching and hiding behind a bush attempting to blend in and hide who we really are. No. That is not what we are called to do.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14
This world needs warriors. It needs the young men to rise up and lead. It needs the young warrior princesses to come out of their shells and be a shining brilliant beacon of hope. The world needs us. They need His love. They need us to show it. We don’t need to stuff God’s love down their throats; they just need to be loved. Let’s rally together and make Yahweh’s cause our own.
Let us be warriors for His cause and not another. Let us be active Christians and not sit by. Let us walk the path and follow the call that He has given us, shining like a thousand stars because we are a city on a hill.