The recent blockbuster movie Hacksaw Ridge chronicles the life of a conscientious objector during World War II who, nonetheless, would not be deterred from serving his country.
Despite his convictions as a self-described “conscientious cooperator,” Desmond Doss still felt called to enlist. But he wanted to stay true to his faith, which led him to not carry arms.
Although he suffered much for his beliefs and for taking a stand for the Lord, it did not deter him from loving his men as Christ loved them. On more than one occasion he bravely risked his life so that others might live. And for his sacrificially gallant service to his men, Doss was awarded our nation’s highest award—the Medal of Honor—while never bearing arms nor firing a single shot.
In my last article I highlighted the three main points of the Daniel 11:32 verse: know God, stand firm, take action. I identified the critical aspect of knowing your God, which has two main truths to it: He created us and knows us, and He seeks us and sent His Son that we may know Him. The Creator of all wants us to know Him!
In this post I am highlighting stand firm. Because Private Doss knew his Lord, every moment of every day he stood firm on who he was in Christ, and that dictated his behavior toward others. Doss’ stand took a great deal of courage: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, moral—and above all, spiritual.
So, what is courage? Most of us are familiar with the popular definition: “The ability to do something that frightens one.” The word courage actually comes from the Old French word “corage” and from Latin “cor,” both of which mean “heart.” By combining these meanings we derive what I believe is a truer definition:
Being motivated from the heart to do something brave.
Scripture goes on to tell us: “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13, New Living Translation).
While it might seem strange to talk about displaying courage in everyday life, I am convinced that being and acting as a Christian today, as well as integrating your faith into your family life and profession, does takes tremendous courage against the drastically changing landscape of today’s society. And the best place to start is in your own life and within your family. As proclaimed in Joshua 24:15, which is one of my life verses, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”