Taking A Stand When No Else Will

Taking a stand on something takes courage. When you take a stand, you may be the only person standing… but, you ae still willing to take a stand because it’s the right thing to do. But, taking a stand can be lonely and because of that, many aren’t willing to do it.
Aaron was one of those unwilling to take a stand. In the book of Exodus, God called Moses up on the mountain and God gave him the ten commandments. After some time, Moses turned and began making his way down the mountain. As he did, he heard a sound in the camp. The closer he got he realized the sound was one of revelry. As he got closer he saw the people had made a golden calf to replace God.
Moses turned to Aaron who had been left to guide the people while Moses was gone and he asked Aaron what was happening? Moses asked, “What did these people do to you to make you bring such terrible sin upon them?”
Instead of taking responsibility, Aaron essentially said, “Moses, chill out man… you know how these people are. They came to me and wanted to make a god who would lead them.”
So, the people wanted to make a god… at this point, Aaron should have reminded them that Jehovah God is their God and he should have warned them not to do it. But, that would require courage. It would require standing alone and Aaron wasn’t willing to do that.
Unfortunately, most people aren’t. People aren’t always willing to stand alone or go against the tide of public opinion. People have a tendency to just go along with the crowd.
What about you? Are you willing to stand alone if necessary? Aaron wasn’t and the people made a golden calf. Sometimes taking a stand means speaking up when no one else will.
At times, taking a stand means taking action when no one else will.
It may mean losing some friends…
I’m reminded of Patrick Henry’s speech… “I know not what course others may take but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”
Think about the words… “I know not what course others may take…” Patrick Henry was willing to take a stand regardless what the crowd did.
Are we willing to stand, when it’s not the popular thing to do?

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