Loyalty matters

In our world, loyalty is not counted as a worthy attribute.

Sports teams are not loyal to players and players will go from one team to another and both will seldom think they have any duty to be loyal.

We require loyalty from our armed forces while at the same time disloyalty is the example they see. People change jobs sometimes more than once a year. When people begin to think that personal advantage is the only consideration, then loyalty becomes scarce indeed.

Why is this? To a great extent, people have been won to pragmatism. Doing “whatever works” is pragmatism’s theme. To the devout pragmatist, there is no such thing as right or wrong; there is just whatever works. As a result, loyalty has become a victim. To the pragmatist, there is no objective good; the only good is whatever advantages become available.

God, however, requires loyalty. In Hebrews 10:22-25, the inspired writer uses three present tense terms to describe the principle of faithfulness. These include:

  1. “And having a high priest over the house of God, let us keep on drawing near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,” (Hebrews 10:21-22a). The true heart is a loyal one. It is not one that changes with time or opportunity. The true Christian is one who is always drawing closer to God with a true heart.
  2. “Let us keep on holding fast to the confession of our faith, (Hebrews 10:23a). Once a person sacrifices God for personal advantage, one risks losing his salvation. The only alternative is loyalty to God. He expects nothing less.
  3. “And let us keep on stimulating one another to love and good works, (Hebrews 10:24). People in a faithful congregation of the Lord’s church are encouraging one another all the time. This constant encouragement helps everyone remain faithful and loyal. They will not be drawn away by other considerations because their only consideration will be serving God.

Loyalty means not letting the world force you into its mold (Romans 12:1-2). It means that a faithful person is not going to give up the truth because of personal advantage or because there may be short-term gain. Faithful Christians understand eternity matters. Nothing else in this world does.