A stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him. Psalm 78:8
Loyalty is one of those words we often beat around. It is a good subject for workers, citizens and Christians. When we have it, things are in proportion. When we lack it, things are all out of kilter.
It is a regular theme of the Bible that God’s people are to remain loyal (Steadfast). It is our responsibility to resist the intellectual and moral pressures of our day. We must resist the fashions of the day and remain steadfast in our faith. We are not to allow ourselves to slip, slide or slither in the mud of modern day thinking that is opposed to the Word of God. We cannot let the flood of the modern world to cause us to be shipwrecked on the shoals of present day thinking.
We are called to hold to the Truth of God, to cling to this secure handhold in the storms that rage around us. We are to Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. (Proverbs 23:23). We often sing the song Is Thy Heart Right With God? We must take the “not” out of the statement above and be loyal to the point of death.
Here are some warnings from the pen of New Testament writers:
Paul – So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. (II Thessalonians 2:15)
Hebrews – We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (Hebrews 2:1)
John – See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. (I John 2:24)
John – Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (II John 9)
When He comes, will he find us being loyal?