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April 5, 2019

Contra Mundum - "Against the World"

There are many heroes we look up to in our nation’s history. We think of the signers of the Declaration of Independence who took a valiant stand for liberty. There were wise leaders who formed our constitution, establishing a system that sought to safeguard the freedoms of Americans. We remember the leaders of the civil rights movement who stood up for the equality of all our country’s citizens. We often decry the lack of knowledge and appreciation people have today regarding these heroes in our nation’s history.

In our Christian faith we have many heroes we look up to. The “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11 lists many Bible heroes who demonstrated their faith in God by how they lived and acted. Hebrews 12:1 calls these heroes a “a cloud of witnesses” that should help spur us on to live out our own faith in Christ.

We not only have these Bible heroes of the faith to admire and appreciate. There are also many figures from Christian history who make up our “cloud of witnesses” that can greatly encourage us in our faith. We should certainly lament the lack of knowledge many Christians have about the heroes of our faith we find both in the Bible and in Christian history.

As we consider the great word of our faith “Trinity”, there is one figure from Christian history who stands out – Athanasius. His battle for the truth of the Trinity was so fierce he became known as “Athanasius Contra Mundum” (Against the world). We can learn from his fight the importance of the truth of the Trinity and how we should stand for biblical truth as well.  

In our weekly meetings at the West Virginia state capitol we are currently studying Great Words of the Faith. We have started out with the very nature of our awesome God found in the doctrine of the Trinity. We can hardly consider that great truth without looking at the life and ministry of one of the great heroes of our faith in Christian history - Athanasius. In his life we find a wonderful example of how we might stand for truth and for our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Pray that legislators, staff, and lobbyists alike might come to believe who Jesus is - The eternal Son of God who took on human nature so that He might live, suffer, die, and rise again so that in repentance and faith they might find salvation in Him.

Many of our leaders in the capitol are known for the stands they take on political, social, and moral issues. Pray those who are believers will be even more committed to standing for Christ and the gospel.

Tim Pauley

Capitol Commission West Virginia