Courage Sermon Illustrations

Courage Sermon Illustrations

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God, Give Us Men

God, give us men. A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor, men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking;
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog,
In public duty and in private thinking;
For while the rabble with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife -- lo, freedom weeps
Wrong rules the land, and waiting justice sleeps.

God, give us men: Men who serve not for selfish booty,
But real men, courageous, who flinch not at duty;
Men of dependable character; men of sterling worth;
Then wrongs will be redressed, and
right will rule on earth.
God GIVE US MEN."—Selected.


The Courage of His Convictions

Weak-kneed principles always awaken contempt. Harry Shepler, a young man of whom the Sunday School Times tells, was in the signal service. Being ordered one morning by a sergeant to report for duty at the canteen, he refused to do so, and the sergeant threatened to report him to the officer of the day.

"All right," said Shepler, "go ahead. I did not enlist to be a bartender, but a soldier, and I will not report at the canteen."

He was duly reported to the major, who sent for him. Shepler went with trembling knees but with a steady heart, for he knew he was right. The officer said to him:

"Are you the young man who disobeyed orders this morning?"

"Yes, sir, I am."

"Why did you do it?"

"Simply because I do not believe it is right to do what I was asked to do. I enlisted to be a soldier and not a bartender."

The major arose quickly from his stool, and, extending his hand, said:

"Shepler, you are the kind of a man we want. I am glad to see a fellow who has the courage of his convictions. You are not obliged to report at the canteen."

The great need of the day is for men to have convictions founded upon the Word of God, and then be true to those convictions.Christian Victory.


Loyalty Before Life

Some years ago an ocean liner was wrecked on a dangerous reef on the New England coast. The coast guard is well officered there. They went to the rescue under the captaincy of an old seaman, but with a few inexperienced young men on the crew. One of the youngsters turned a white face to the captain, saying, "Sir, the wind is offshore; and the tide is running out. We can go out, but we can never come back." All the captain said was, "Launch the boat. We have to go out. We don't have to come back!"—New Century Leader.


Which Question Was More Searching?

A story that carries its own application to Christian faithfulness has been told of a question and answer that passed between Martin Niemoeller and a chap­lain who visited him in his detention: "Why are you here?" asked the chaplain. "Why are you not here?" asked Dr. Niemoeller.—Christian Faith and Life.


One of the bravest things in the Civil War was an incident that took place at the explosion of the Petersburg mine. The engineers of the army of the Potomac under General Grant had dug a gallery 510 feet long under a salient of the Confederate position, and in this gallery 300 kegs of powder were stored. The explosion was set for three o'clock in the morning, July 30, 1864. Troops, trained for the assault and ready to rush in after the explosion, lay on their arms. At three o'clock the fuse was lighted. For an hour the army waited anxiously; but nothing happened. Then two men from the Forty-Eight Pennsylvania Regiment, recruited in the anthracite coal regions, Lieutenant Jacob Daugherty and Sergeant Henry Reese, volunteered to enter the mine and learn the cause of the delay. They crawled in on their hands and knees and relighted the fuse, and at sixteen minutes before five the mine was exploded, blasting a huge crater in the Confederate lines. That was superb bravery, bravery not in the light, under the sun, with thousands looking on and cheering, but all alone, in the darkness of the tunnel, knowing that at any moment there was a possibility of being blown to atoms.


A colonel of the Seventh Rhode Island Regiment in the War Between the States had become very unpopular with his men. The report reached him that in the next engagement his own regiment would take occasion to shoot him. When he heard that, he gave orders for the men to march out for the cleaning of their muskets; and, taking position on top of a bank of clay and facing the regiment, he gave the order, "Ready! Aim! Fire! ' Any man could have killed him without the slightest risk of discovery; but every soldier admired his superb courage, and whoever was disposed to kill him refrained.


Flying Our Colors

When at a restaurant I met a gentleman whom I had met in Temperance work, and noticed that the blue ribbon which had always been most conspicuously displayed in his buttonhole at the meeting was wanting. "Where is the blue ribbon?" I asked. For reply he opened his coat and there in the button­hole of his waistcoat was a thin—very thin—piece of blue. I asked him why he did not wear it where it could be seen, to which he replied that during business hours it subjected him to so much chaff from those whom he contacted, that he thought it better not to let it be seen. I said to him, "Did you ever hear of Ad­miral Nelson?" He looked surprised and said, "Yes, of course, I have; but what has Admiral Nelson to do with this question?" "You remember when Nelson was about to engage the enemy at the battle of Trafalgar he dressed himself in his full uniform, and placed all the medals and orders that he had won upon his breast. His officers remonstrated with him, saying he should take off his decorations, or at least cover them with a handkerchief, as otherwise he would become a mark for the enemy's musketry. But the gallant Admiral would have none of their advice: "I won these distinctions in the face of the enemy," he replied, "and I shall wear them in the face of the enemy." The lesson was not lost upon my hearer, I am assured.—Bible Expositor and Illuminator.

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