What Does It Mean To Stand For Something?

by Franklin G. Huling

The question is often asked about someone: “Where does he stand on that matter?” Many times the reply has to be made, “Well, in his own mind he thinks ‘so-and-so,’ but…” (this little word but often reveals a sad tragedy of inconsistency). If we really stand for what we think we do, we will prove it as follows: We will…

1. Speak for it. Never will we keep silent about what we stand for because we lack courage to speak out about it. There are many “periscope people” who cautiously peep around to see if it is safe before they announce their views. If we are standing for what is right, we will always find plenty of opponents. Furthermore, many good people will tell us they stand for what we do, but they are too cowardly to say so to others who disagree with them. We will also…

2. Strive for it. We must speak out but not stop with that. If we truly stand for something, we will earnestly and energetically strive for its acceptance and accomplishment. Right is never established without conflict with evil, and evil is always aggressive. Run not away from the battle. God needs soldiers on the firing line. We must prove that we stand for the right we profess by our deeds to bring it to pass. Finally, if we stand for something, we will be willing to…

3. Suffer for it. Fear of causing offence, being misunderstood or spoken against will not deter us when deep down in our hearts we stand for something. If we are not willing to suffer loss of personal ease, time, friendship, reputation, money and even our job for what we stand for, we are only fooling ourselves by thinking we stand for this or that. The temptation to compromise with wrong has never been stronger or more subtle. By God’s grace we must resolutetly resist it.

A man once said, “It is so hard to know what course to take.” Another man replied, “No, I do not think so. It is easy to know what you ought to do, if you are willing to pay the price of doing it.” Always remember that while it costs dearly to stand for right, the cost of yielding to wrong is far greater in the long run. Of the servant of Christ, Paul says, “God is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4). Let us ask ourselves today, “Am I standing for what I say I stand for, or am I just fooling myself?” And then may we pray that God will help us to stand for Him in these evil days. We must “stand,” “withstand” and “having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13-14).