Go Along to Get Along

A school of fish stood out as streaks of bright silver, contrasting with the aqua blue of the huge aquarium tank. The most noticeable thing about the 8-inch metallic fish was that they all swam in perfect unison.

While other species of fish were scattered throughout different parts of the tank, that particular school of about 100 fish did everything exactly the same. When they approached a natural predator, they took a wide turn in unison, giving him adequate space.

pencilWhen the current made them detour slightly from their course, all turned in the same degree. Who was leading? No one could tell. Each had the same matter-of-fact expression. Each seemed to follow the crowd around their watery home.

In Psalm 57:7, during a time when David could have compromised his principles and convictions following the crowd, he said he had “a fixed heart.”

“Fixed” means “established, to be firm.” He refused to waver in his purpose, nor be swayed by events. He stood firm on the principles of his God.

Martin Luther

Martin Luther declared to those resisting him,

“Since your Majesty and Your Lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me.”

“When pulling together means pulling away from God, a Christian must be willing to stand alone.”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center