We want a courage that will acknowledge Christ—the Christ of the New Testament—the Christ that was down upon shams, and hypocrisies, and luxuries, and selfishness, the Christ of the cross. We want a courage that will look the world—that hates Him still, and would crucify Him again—in the face, and say fearlessly, “I am on His side, and I glory in it.”
We want a courage that will confess salvation. If God has spoken to a soul, if He has given it an inspiration, a forgiveness, an adoption, an inheritance, surely that is cowardice that would keep the soul from telling it forth for the benefit of the impoverished world about him.
We want courage to denounce iniquity, to call things by their right names. Having convictions of right and wrong, let us plainly tell them forth, whether we please or displease. We will not do it in order to create pain; but, surely, if God has shown us right from wrong, we should imitate Him, and show it to others.
We want courage to warn people of the wrath and ruin that are coming upon all evildoers. Why don’t we speak out plainly and repeat it, and repeat it, until they say it to themselves, and wake up their slumbering souls and escape for their lives?
In short, we want the courage of our convictions. We want pluck and daring that cannot be abashed, that can stand up against the influence of a world in arms and risk everything to gain our holy ends.
This courage is often realized and manifested by naturally delicate timid souls—men and women who by nature would shrink from danger, but who, by grace, can face with unflinching calmness men and devils leagued in furious opposition.
There is plenty of this God-given quality in the divine storehouse. God gives it abundantly to those who seek. Courage, pluck, daring, heroism, whatever name this spirit may be known by, is not only a gift, but a growth. Cultivate it; stand up for God, and the spirit of the martyrs and holy prophets will come upon you.
William Booth, The Warrior’s Daily Portion