As children, my brother and I had arguments which pressured our parents to "take sides," and I usually wanted them to agree with me -- not my brother. I realized later that my parents weren't inclined to take sides very often. Instead, they would wisely encourage us to get to the root of the problem and come up with an agreeable solution. Throughout life, we are under a constant barrage of choices, most of which force us to take sides. Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Are you a Democrat or Republican? Right wing or left? Christian or athiest -- or somewhere in between? Sometimes we don't really like to talk about whose side we're on as believers, for fear that we may provoke an argument or a confrontation with those on the opposing side. We often fear that the opposition is stronger because they are more vocal or more visible. "The wicked strut about on every side when vileness is exalted among the sons of men," (Psalm 12:8). But the time has come in this present age for us to not only take a side, but also to take a stand. If we have trusted in Jesus, we are by default, on the Lord's side. We are drafted into His army and have access to His mighty armor. In the face of increasing opposition on just about every topic in every area of life, we will be forced in the coming days to stand firm and stand strong for truth according to God's Word. In God's design, taking sides is allowed-- and encouraged. After all, God took our side first, in that "while we were still sinners, Christ died for us," (Romans 5:8). There was no good reason for Him to take our side since we stood in blatant opposition to Him, lost in our sinful and rebellious state. But then Christ did the unthinkable. Out of love, He not only took our side -- He took our place. The cross destined for us became His destiny. He wasn't forced to go there; love compelled Him to endure condemnation for our redemption. That love is the basis for choosing God's side above all else.
In these wicked times the Lord challenges us, "Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?" (Psalm 94:16). He commands us to, "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith," (1 Cor 16:13). And we do not stand alone. God is always for those who have trusted in His Son and the work of the cross. He does not abandon us, instead, He equips us: "...take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm" (Eph 6:13). "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31).
Are you taking a side today? If you haven't chosen one, now is the time. God's army won't be defeated, so choose rightly. Trusting in Jesus is the only way to enlist and death is neither an option nor an outcome of battle. Eternal life is the reward for all who are on the Lord's side.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)