“We will not obey the king’s words by turning aside from our religion to the right hand or to the left.”
– 1 Maccabees 2:22
True and honest Christians do not succumb to temptations
to gain social and financial advantage by being untrue to their conscience and religion.
A true believing Christian, who has a personal relationship with Jesus and adheres to His teachings,
understands that compromise, in matters of the soul, is a trap for the ambitiously self-centred.
A loving Christian’s zeal for God and for the Truth is not something to be scorned,
but it must be neither vehement nor fanatical.
Such zeal for the truth,
makes a Christian unyielding to society’s sometimes-threatening pressures to conform.
True Christian zeal is firmly based on Christ’s two great commands:
that of loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind
and of loving our neighbour as ourselves.
“Be uncompromising in doctrine and conduct.
But be yielding in manner.
A mace of tempered steel,
wrapped in quilted covering.
Be uncompromising, but don’t be obstinate.”
– St. Josemaria Escriva
in those situations where I feel threatened and pressured by society
to conform to ‘modern trends of thought’, which go against Your teaching and commands,
give me the strength of faith and character that I need
to refuse to bend my Christian principles and beliefs.
You are the same, Lord, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
You never change.
Your truth never changes.
Lord, You are love.
I want to be guided always by You,
I love You, Lord. Thank You, Lord.