To Stand Alone
It is human to stand with the crowd, it is divine to stand alone.
It is man-like to follow the people, to drift with the tide.
It is God-like to follow a principle, to stem the tide.
It is natural to compromise conscience and follow the social and religious fashion for the sake of gain or pleasure.
It is divine to sacrifice both on the altar of truth and duty.
"No man stood with me, but all men forsook me" wrote the battle scarred apostle in describing his first appearance before Nero to answer for his life for believing and teaching contrary to the Roman society and government.
Truth has been out of fashion since man has changed his robe of fadeless light for a garment of faded leaves.
Noah and family built and voyaged alone. All throughout the land they laughed at his strangeness and perished in style.
Abraham wandered and worshipped alone. Sodomites smiled at the simple shepherd, followed the fashion, and fed the flames.
Daniel dined and prayed alone
Elijah sacrificed and witnessed alone.
Jerimiah prophesied and wept alone.
Jesus loved and died alone.
Of the lonely way HIS disciples should walk, He said: "Narrow is the gate, and difficult the path that leads to life, and few there be that find it"
Of their treatment by the many who walk in the broad way, He said: "If you were of the world, the world would love it's own; but because you are not of the world, therefore the world hates you."
The Hebrews in the wilderness praised Abraham, and persecuted Moses.
The Hebrews of the kings praised Moses and persecuted the prophets.
The Jews of Caiphas praised the prophets, and persecuted Jesus and the apostles.
The religion of the popes praised the the savior, and persecuted the saints.
Christianity today praises the savior and persecutes the remnant, all the time applauding the courage of the patriachs and the prophets, the apostles and the martyrs, but condemn as stubborness or foolishness such faithfulness today.
Men and women, young and old, who will obey their convictions of truth and duty, at the cost of fortune and friends, and life itself.