What does it mean to stand for something?
Apr 01, 2015
Many people don’t know what they stand for until they have been affected by something personally or been confronted by a situation where they’ve been forced to make a choice. Some people assume a stance just as a default position. They have been conditioned to act in a certain way, perhaps, because of their upbringing or their environment. Others merely ‘stand’ for a popular cause, because that’s what everyone else doing, and it’s cool to be part of the crowd.
But, what about when your stance goes against the mainstream? What if others are hostile to you for your stance? What if it seems no one else will stand with you not because they disagree, but because they’re afraid of what others might think? What will you do? Will you still stand? Will you still holdfast to your belief?
Standing for what you believe in can be lonely at times. It requires conviction and courage. The greatest people in history are known not because they went along with the crowd, but because they dared to stand alone in the face of opposition, persecution, vilification, prison, and even death. These are people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Jackie Robinson, Winston Churchill, Raoul Wallenberg, Susan B. Anthony, William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther, Joan of Arc, the apostle Paul, and the list goes on and on. And still, there are other courageous people who are not famous, but have stood and stand for what’s right, true and honorable.
Let’s not just go with the crowd, but let’s be strong and courageous. We just might see that we are not standing alone after all, and that we changed the world.