I Fain Would Take My Stand!

Before you question my sanity you need to remember my age and the old hymns I learned in my youth.  The dictionary defines “fain” as gladly, preferably.  Obviously the decisions we make in this day and age are motivated by what makes us happy and seems to be the better choice.  You would have to admit however that we seldom have to make a decision that carries such a weighty ramification.  Are we ready to make that decision instantly, without weeks of heavy duty thinking?

You don’t have to read the history books or even today’s newspaper to know that God’s created world has vastly changed and not for the better.  While it is true that we have learned many things that are beneficial to our world we have also learned how to kill one another to get what we have come to think is rightfully ours.  This is not something new to today’s society.  Evil has been present in the world since the time of creation.  In the days of the Psalmist mankind was already asking –  Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? (94:16).

The Father who created mankind, however, has always given His creation the answer to the evil that exists and the Psalmist’s statement still rings and will continue to do so – Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?  Or who may stand in His Holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully (Psalm 24:3-4).

A simple question and a simple answer; how is it possible that mankind has traveled so far off of the path of sanity.  We have grown in many ways and in many different avenues of life.  We have learned how to plant seeds and harvest crops and yet we have so contaminated the ground that we have had to invent antibiotics to cure the illnesses we ourselves have caused with fertilizers and insecticides.  How is it that we ever thought we could do things any better than our Creator?

And then we have managed to make life a battle for winning.  Who is smarter, who is stronger and who deserves to be at the top of the heap?  Competition which theoretically is supposed to bring out the best of mankind has birthed jealousy and even hatred.  We no longer offer help to one another particularly if it means they might get the position we have designs on for ourselves.  After all our children have needs and we simply must keep up with the Jones family next door.  We seldom consider the question asked by Malachi – But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? (3:2).

I, for one, have to admit that every way in which we can turn today seems to bring forth the question – how is it possible that things have gotten so bad and what can we, as individuals, possibly do to stop this madness that has overtaken us.  Is there no hope to hold on to?  Our choices seem to be more between one evil and another; it’s not between what is best, but what is not the worst.  Paul told us eons ago – Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:13).  Maybe we should fold our hands and pray; not rise to evil, but stand for righteousness – Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me (Revelation 3:20).

Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand –
The shadow of a mighty Rock within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noon-tide heat, and the burden of the day.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA