Standing Man

In the Movie Bridge of Spies a Russian man named Rudolf Abel is under arrest for espionage and facing the death penalty in the United States. He recalls a childhood memory that he shares with his lawyer, his only ally in a nation that wants to see him hang.

As a young boy in Russia where political unrest is rife his house is overrun by partisan border guards. Breaking into the home they beat his father and mother and a visiting friend. As the intruders continue to hit the guest he would fall only to rise again for another violent blow. The abuse went on for some time, with every blow he would bravely stand only to be hit again. For this they named him Stoikiy Muzhik which is translated Standing Man.

What we stand for defines who we are!

Think about your favourite Bible hero, Moses stuttering before Pharaoh calling for freedom. David, standing before Goliath ready to slay his giant. Joshua knocking on the gates of Jericho and marching on day after day. Jesus before Pilot speaking truth. Peter before the people of Jerusalem, the Apostle Paul preaching the Gospel to the men of Athens.

Proverbs 31:8-9 asks us to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

There is something credible about standing up for what you believe in. To have the courage to speak up and make a stand for righteousness. I think we are all called to be standing men and women.