Our convictions may seem opposite to the common view. Don’t compromise and stand firm. Be the influential person that God created and developed you to be.
Most people want to be safe or popular, and no one wishes to be unpopular. We don’t want our views to be challenged by others because, as humans, we crave affirmation, we want approval instead of rejection.
We want to be valued by others
Yet, if we go the opposite way, that’s not going to be cool. It’s true that we need to learn to accept with grace that our opinions may not always be accepted and that’s fine.
People have different training, different backgrounds, different experiences, and different learning curves. We don’t all fit into one mold because we were not created that way. We are diverse. Of course, there will be times that our approach to things and the way we think may be quite different from other people and we can live with that. However, if it boils down to convictions, we need to be spot on.
We need to stand firm.
We live in an age where “popular opinion counts” and “followers” are just numbers. In business, we often look at “what’s trending?”, “who is hitting the charts?”, “who is dominating the market?”, “who has reached a million followers or likes?”. Then, we tailor-fit our strategies and consider the popular view of our customers or clientele. We believe that’s the way to succeed.
In our personal lives, we do the same. We “chicken out” if the opinion we have contradicts the opinion of people dear to us. We would rather keep it to ourselves than be criticized, or we do not want to be the bearer of bad news because we don’t want to offend them. We just ignore the truth and sadly at times, we compromise.
As Christians, if we aim to be persons of influence, we need to live a life that balances the act of grace with our conviction. We need to delineate which views we can forego from those that we cannot compromise.
There will be an occasion that we need to muster all the courage to stand behind our convictions. It may sometimes be painful, but it will be rewarding in the end. In 2 Thessalonians 2:15, we are reminded to remain headstrong, “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by a letter from us.”
Are you compromising? Are you afraid of going against the tide? Do we strive so much to be liked?
Do not allow the opinion of others weaken your position. Stand your ground!