Ever feel like this? You think someday you might?
Picture for a moment that the sea of stiff-armed sycophants are citizens of the cosmic empire of darkness and that’s you in the middle of the circle. You’re in “Babylon” and while the rest are currying the favor of their king, you remain unbowed and unbelieving, steadfastly loyal to your eternal citizenship.
Right now it may mean you get overlooked for that promotion, uninvited to that block party or left out of the family reunion. Perhaps laughed at or ridiculed behind your back or under people’s breaths. One day it might very possibly mean your life.
This lone figure, August Landmesser, was a member of the Nazi party from 1931-1935, but sent up for two years’ hard labor for fathering children with his Jewish wife, thereby “dishonoring his race.” When released from work camps, he was placed in a penal infantry unit and met his end in 1944, either killed or missing in action. This picture was taken in Hamburg in 1936 and captures the conscientious objector brazenly refusing to join the others’ salutes. He is done with Nazism.
And what about us? Are we, as we like to say, in it but not of it? If we say that, then this is what it would look like. No, I’m not saying stern and meanly disposed. I’m saying…untouched. Unmoved. Unbending. Serene. Luther-esque even: here I stand; I can do no other…
Therefore, go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord… 2 Cor 6:17, ESV
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, My people…’ Rev 18:4, ESV