Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Is it too late in history for God to have men and women who stand loyally for what is right, all alone, in the face of opposition? The Bible tells of many such heroes: Noah, Abraham, Joseph, David hunted by King Saul like a wild beast, Jeremiah, and yes, Jesus Himself ("Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?" John 7:48).
Jeremiah was "shut up" in prison, silenced, tortured, despised by the kings of Judah; but he was right and they were wrong. In the final judgment day, which would you rather be--lonely Jeremiah in his dungeon or King Jehoikim or King Zedekiah on his throne?
There is a story of William Penn, a worldly young man of London who became converted to the most active, self-sacrificing Christlike group of Christians of that day. He published a tract criticizing the Church of England, so that the Bishop of London threw him into the Tower. But God's providence provided for him after his famous and wealthy father's death to "purchase" from the King of England the largest real estate deal then known: the entire tract of land in the New World that is known as Pennsylvania. And he went on to write a wonderful book entitled, No Cross, No Crown. He helped enormously to prepare the way for the establishment of the United States of America as a refuge for persecuted people where they could find religious liberty. In the final judgment, who would you rather be? William Penn, or the lordly Bishop of London?
You may today stand all alone for Christ and for His truth in your school, your office, your home, your neighborhood; but take courage. The dear Savior has promised: "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 10:32). No, it's not too late to stand alone for Him!
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: March 13, 1998.
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