The Righteous Warrior – Running My Flag Up…
Key Bible Verse: The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John. – Acts 4:13
Bonus Reading: Acts 4:7-22
My first teaching job also involved coaching. One day, I walked into the teachers’ lounge and overheard three or four coaches and one teacher huddled around a table after lunch was over and the women had cleared out. They were talking in a crude way about some of the more attractive female students of our school. I could not believe what I was hearing. I thought, How can they sit here and make explicit sexual comments about 16-and-17-year-old girls they teach?
Finally, as calmly as I could, I said, “Hey, gentlemen, I know that I’m the brand-new teacher here and the youngest in the room. But what you are saying is absolutely unprofessional and uncalled for. Imagine being a father of one of these girls listening to how you are talking about them! I think this needs to stop and stop right now.” It got very quiet. Before anything else could be said or done, the bell saved me and I left the room.
Later that day I went to each teacher and, trying my best not to come across as self-righteous, said, “I’m not down on you personally, but I think this was inappropriate. I have real convictions about this.” [continued tomorrow]
—Chip Ingram in Holy Ambition
My Response: Have I ever moved from privately held conviction to taking a stand publicly?
Thought to Apply: It is important that people know what you stand for. It is equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.—source unknown
Adapted from Holy Ambition (Moody, 2002)
Prayer for the Week: Give me the courage, Lord, to take a bold stand for truth and justice, even when it’s risky.