“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15 ESV
In the midst of questions and concerns about tomorrow, Paul made this encouraging and challenging statement to the Church. “Stand firm,” he didn’t tell them to be flexible in the face of a changing culture. He didn’t say that you have to be seen as nice, as understanding, and with a willingness to go along so no one gets offended, or has their feelings hurt. He says to take a posture of strength and truth and hold your ground. He says “hold to the traditions that you were taught by us,” don’t look for reasons to change what has been proven to be true and timeless and rush to new interpretations that are easier for people to accept. Paul is trying to encourage Christians to be who Christ is calling them to be, rather than to be the ones that the world admires and honors.
Which kind of Christian will we be? Ones who stand for Biblical truth? Or those who yield and sway to the whims of the world.