By Rev Paul N. Papas II
February 2, 2016
Courage is not the absence of fear, rather acting in spite of fear.
You have to have in you, what is above you, to withstand what is around you. Yes, sometimes we do not have the strength on our own to perform the tasks at hand.
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Billy Graham
“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have” Ronald Reagan
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen” Winston Churchill
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.” C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters.
Taking a look at the news around the world today can be quite disheartening to say the least. It just seems to get worse everyday. You might ask what I can do about it. The answer is simple, stand up for what is right. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr Martin Luther King.
In 42 B.C. Cicero, said “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.”
A student said his master: “You teach me fighting, but you talk of peace. How do you reconcile the two?” The master replied: “It is better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war.”
How far will you let things go before you say enough?
Would you stop or prevent anyone from being abused or harmed in anyway?
Would you step up when someone is being bullied?
Would you prefer your church or the Supreme Court define sin?
Would you allow a drug dealer to sit in your living room to peddle his wares to your elementary school age children? I doubt the drug dealer would explain all the pain and debauchery that comes with drug addiction as he tries to get your elementary school age children hooked.
Real Dads have courage. A Dad is much more than someone who fathered a child. Real Dads have the courage to lead and protect their family.
Real leaders have courage.
One of the major problems in this world today is that we lack real bona fide leaders who will stand up for what is right. Remember: “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Billy Graham.
Will you be one who takes a stand and stiffens the spine of others?