|Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:25 PM|
“Making Unpopular Decisions”
Sometimes the hardest decisions we have to make are the ones that God wants us to make.
In life we are often confronted with decisions each day…what to wear to work, where to go for lunch, which political candidate to vote for, etc. Decisions about these are made fairly quickly and without hesitation or prayer. Decisions like these are easy to make because they’re not really impacting or harming others and they’re not breaking any rules or laws.
However, there are some decisions we will be confronted with making that will cause us to pray and hesitate making because they’re unpopular. An unpopular decision is a decision that will not be liked and is in disfavor with a particular person or group of persons. An unpopular decision will cause hurt feelings, break the status quo, secular and religious laws. Making an unpopular decision is rarely easy for the one making the decision, especially if they’re a person who needs the approval and acceptance of others. But in most cases, it has to be done in order to facilitate progress and change, in order to meet a need in the appointed future.
If we are going to be a people who achieve our dreams, goals and destiny, as directed by God, there will be a time when we will be required to make an unpopular decision, in order to fulfill our purpose. God won’t make the decision for us. He expects us to do it, in spite of the resentment, anger, abandonment and attacks of those who are not in favor of our unpopular decision. This takes courage, and we must stay focused on the greater benefit and/or opportunities that lie ahead. One thing I’ve learned is that, if you’re going to be led and directed by God in your life, there will be times when it will be necessary to make an unpopular decision in order to obey Him.
Mark 3 (The Message)
3 1-3 Then he went back in the meeting place where he found a man with a crippled hand. The Pharisees had their eyes on Jesus to see if he would heal him, hoping to catch him in a Sabbath infraction. He said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand here where we can see you.”
4 Then he spoke to the people: “What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?” No one said a word.
5-6 He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out—it was as good as new! The Pharisees got out as fast as they could, sputtering about how they would join forces with Herod’s followers and ruin him.
In Mark 3, Jesus is our example of how to make unpopular decisions. He was on His life’s mission and that mission included making many unpopular decisions in order to fulfill His calling and please His Father. Most people struggle with doing this because they’re more concerned with pleasing “others”, instead of pleasing God. And as a result, they’re not fulfilling the mission God preordained for them.
In Mark 3, there are several takeaways for us to extract, remember and/or use, when we’re confronted with making an unpopular decision.
Here are the cons of making an unpopular decision:
• When An Unpopular Decision is Made, It May Seem Like The Timing Is Wrong
• You May Look Like A Fool/Crazy
• The Decision Will Be Public
• You Will Be On The “Hot Seat”
• The Unpopular Decision Will Be Against Everyone’s Beliefs & The “Established Rules”
• You Will Not Have Support
• Some Will Try To Intimate You
• You May Be Afraid
• You Will Feel Alone
• Some Relationships Will Be Destroyed
• You Will Feel Misunderstood
• You Will Experience Aggression
Here are the pros of making an unpopular decision:
• You Will Please God
• You Will Fulfill Your Calling, Dreams & Goals
• You Will Break Free From The Control Of The Status Quo & The Grip Of Those Who Police It
• Your Impact Will Expand Beyond Your Current Sphere Of Influence
• New Relationships & Territories Will Be Formed
• You Will Advance Forward, While Your Critics Remain Stuck In the Same Place
• God Will Protect & Publicly Vindicate You
Too many people are stuck in neutral, because they won’t make an unpopular decision. They’re praying to God for help, but God can’t help them until they first make their unpopular decision He’s instructed them to make. If we’re going obey the leading of God and manifest the life He’s ordained for us, we can’t be bound or be held hostage to the status quo, opinions and approval of those who are in disfavor of our decision. When Jesus was confronted with the pressure that comes with making an unpopular decision, He chose to obey God. And as a result, His ministry was effective, fruitful and power packed!
Here are other examples of unpopular decisions that had major impacts in the U.S.:
• Over the opposition of his “Team of Rivals” cabinet, Lincoln published the Emancipation Proclamation, promising freedom to 4 million slaves in the Confederacy, and giving the Union armies a moral cause to fight for.
• A century after the Civil War ended, LBJ pushed the Civil Rights Act through Congress, which compelled state and local governments to recognize the rights, particularly the voting rights, of African Americans and other minorities.
• Dwight D. Eisenhower Creates the Interstate Highway System connecting the country and has provided Americans with a level of freedom and rapidity of movement they could never have imagined during the days when most roads were just two ruts across the prairie.
• Women’s suffrage
• Declaration of Independence 1776
• Barack Obama elected president
Keeler Bryson is a Teacher, Motivational Conqueror, Author and Entrepreneur. She is the founder of Teachable Life Moments, LLC and Vision Writers Publishing, LLC.