We are told by some in society that true courage is what is required to love yourself, do your own thing, and be who you are. Those with a certainly world view and philosophy would tell you that the mother who aborts her helpless unborn child, the young person who chooses to tell family and friends about a homosexual relationship, one who walks out on a marriage in difficult (or not so difficult) time, one who validates another person’s sinful choices, or the like is “courageous.” The majority has always favored and encouraged sinful lifestyles. But, the majority are on the “broad way” to “destruction” (Mat. 7:13).
Is it courage to choose to walk a way God has warned against walking? Is it courage to choose whatever way feels or seems good to us (Prov. 14:12; 16:25)? Is it courage to put a wall between ourselves and God (Isa. 59:1-2)? Courage is defined by God differently. Courage is standing up for God’s Word without fear (Phil. 1:14). Courage involves taking personal risk in order to do what pleases God (cf. Mark 15:43). Courage involves sticking it out despite opposition and persecution from the world for doing what God says is right (John 16:33). Courage is not giving up, but doing what is right even when it means suffering for it (Acts 23:11).
Let us refuse to let the world define courage for us. The world’s values are usually backward (cf. Isa. 5:20). May we have the courage to let God tell us what it means to be courageous!