“And they all forsook him, and fled,” Mark 14:50, KJV
“I would not have run!” that’s what most of us exclaim when we hear the story of Jesus facing these men in the Garden of Gethsemane.
How often have we stood for Christ in the midst of adversity? When contentions arise to defend our faith, do we stand closed lip or do we draw the spiritual sword? When our time comes to speak what is right, do we act with avoidance, put up our church finger to excuse ourselves away from the controversy?
There’s more than one way to flee from the garden.
Our country is changing and it’s headed in a wrong direction really fast. As Christians, where are we going? Do we stand with Jesus only in times of miracles and blessings, only to flee and disappear in the shadows when things get hard? Or, do we stand with Him when the enemy tries to attack and arrest our faith?
I, unapologetically, stand with Christ. Laws are being passed that’s trying to change not only the landscape of our nation, but the scope of all that’s right and just before God. I love all people and I pray for them. But, and I say this without condemnation, “What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong.” And, if we think as Christians these law and changes that other powers are pronouncing to be right have no effect on us, than we have already left the garden leaving Jesus to stand there alone.
The rights of some are being raised while our rights in what we believe are being diminished. Where are you going? It’s time for the church to wake up, take the sleep masks off and pay attention to what’s going on around us. Did we flee to leave Jesus standing alone?
One day, after teaching words that was hard for the crowd to digest, Jesus turned to His disciples and asked, “Do you also want to go away?” (John 6:67, NKJV). But Peter spoke up and said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” (John 6:68; NKJV).
Stand with Jesus and you will never fall.