The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. --Proverbs 28:1
In 1996, Reverend Joe Wright, pastor of a large church in Wichita, Kansas, bravely stepped to the microphone of the Kansas House of Representatives to open a session in prayer.
But it wasn't the generic prayer to which the congressmen were accustomed. In part, he said:
"We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it moral pluralism. We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism….
"In the name of choice, we have killed the unborn. In the name of right to life, we have killed the abortionists….
"We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment."
He then asked for wisdom and forgiveness and closed the prayer in Jesus' name.
As you can imagine, Wright's prayer caused quite an uproar. But he stood strong…and said he wouldn't apologize for stating what was true.
In today's secular and Godless culture, we need more people like Reverend Wright to take a bold stand for Jesus…people who aren't afraid of declaring and defending the truth of God as revealed in His Word.
Are you one of those people? When was the last time you took a stand for Christ? Maybe it wasn't in front of a room full of congressmen, but perhaps in a personal conversation with an unbelieving friend.
Today, I want to challenge you to memorize the verse at the beginning of this devotional, and live it out in your daily life.
As a believer, you have the truth on your side! So you can be as bold as a lion as you live the Christian life.
PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask the Lord to help you be bold and strong in your witness for Him.
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