ALONE

If one walks in the way of truth and conviction, he must be prepared to walk alone. "No man stood with me but all men forsook me," wrote the battle-scarred apostle in describing his first appearance before Nero to answer for his life for believing and teaching contrary to the Roman World.

Truth has been out of fashion since man changed his robe of fadeless light for a garment of faded leaves. Noah built and voyaged alone - his neighbors laughed at his strangeness and perished in style. Abraham wandered and worshipped alone - Sodomites smiled at the simple shepherd, followed the fashion and fed the flames. Daniel dined and prayed alone. Jeremiah prophesied and wept alone. Jesus loved and died alone.

On the lonely way His disciples should walk, Jesus said: "Straight is the gate and narrow the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it." Of their treatment by men who walk in the broad way, Jesus said, "If ye were of the world, the world, would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, therefore the world hateth you."  Peter later stated that because the multitude went in "pernicious ways" the way of truth would be evil spoken of.

The people in the wilderness praised Abraham and persecuted Moses. The people under the kings praised Moses and persecuted the prophets. The people under Caiphas praised the prophets and persecuted Jesus. The people under the popes praised the Savior and persecuted the saints. And multitudes now, in the church and in the world, applaud the courage of the patriarchs and prophets, the apostles and martyrs, but condemn as stubbornness or foolishness, that same faithfulness today. - Anonymous