Have you ever paid a heavy price for a conviction?
By Mo Hodge
Very few people have.
I’m reminded of the humorous but true description of the three types of people; those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, “What happened?” Those who make things happen are the few who are willing, as John Maxwell wrote, “to give up to go up”. John Stonestreet describes it this way in today’s BreakPoint:
Princeton Professor Robert P. George often tells of a question he asks his students. If you had been born before the Civil War, would you have accepted slavery, or opposed it? Nearly every student quickly answers that they would have opposed slavery and would have worked tirelessly to dismantle it. “Of course, this is nonsense.” George writes: “Only the tiniest fraction of them, or any of us, would have spoken up against slavery or lifted a finger to free the slaves.”
If he’s going to believe those students who claim the moral high ground, George demands that they show evidence of how they have stood, today in some context, for an unpopular victim of injustice, knowing that, as a result of their moral witness, they would lose standing with their peers, be loathed and ridiculed by powerful people and institutions, abandoned by some of their friends, called nasty names, and denied valuable professional opportunities. 
Very few are willing to pay a price for their convictions. I thank God for those who do. They rally others with less courage to step into the fray, seemingly unaware of what the world thinks of them. As others fall back, they step forward. Jesus said that even the “gates of hell” could not withstand their attack.
J.I. Packer was one of the few. He was willing to risk his reputation and ministry in order to stand for Biblical truth.
“In 2002, when the Anglican diocese of New Westminster authorized its bishop to produce a service for same-sex unions, Packer joined a handful of other synod members in walking out of the meeting. Packer explained the decision in an editorial for Christianity Today: ‘Because this decision, taken in its context, falsifies the gospel of Christ, abandons the authority of Scripture, jeopardizes the salvation of fellow human beings, and betrays the church in its God-appointed role as the bastion and bulwark of divine truth.'” (From World Magazine, July 17, 2020) 
Today the “gates of hell” stand even higher. The “bastion and bulwark of divine truth” is our one weapon that will destroy the lies of satan. Who are the people who, like J. I. Packer, will speak the truth, no matter the cost?
Will you stand strong and speak the truth, no matter the cost?
As Executive Director of Mo Hodge Ministries, Mo resources Pastors and Leaders in the area of leadership development. He enables Pastors and leaders in the following areas: Developing Teams, Church Growth, Church Planting, Discipleship Multiplication, Nonprofit Organizational Management, Multi-site Church Development, Public Speaking, Capital Campaigns, and Sr. Pastor Succession. …
As founding Pastor of The Bridge Community Church, Mo led in the formation (planting) and development of a multi-site church (4 sites) that averaged over 1,700 people weekly. He completed a succession plan at The Bridge Community Church in April, 2018. Website: www.thebridgecc.org.
As the founding Director, he led in the formation and development of a Youth for Christ chapter in northeast Indiana. The chapter became one of the top ten chapters in the nation, among 225 at the time. The chapter has expanded into surrounding counties and is now called Big Jaws Youth for Christ (www.bigjawsyfc.org). During tenure was elected by the organization as a Member of the National Board of Youth For Christ/USA (www.yfc.net) and received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Mo and his wife, Nancy, live in Anderson, IN with their children and grandchildren. Though retired, Mo is still active in ministry, preaching, teaching, and planting new churches wherever the Lord leads.