"Uncle Sam is a friendly old man, but he has a spine of steel."
- President Ronald Reagan describing the American character to the Soviets.
The perception exists in our society that Christians are just (or should be) really nice people. They are the Ned Flanders, the nice guys, the "friendly old man." As much as there should be a friendliness to Christians, there is also a steel spine. A "Jesus-turning-tables-in-the-temple" steel spine. Or like Paul who braved shipwrecks, torture, and poverty in order to take the gospel worldwide. Faith takes guts. Responding to Jesus' words, "Follow me" is risky. Our compassion is accompanied by courage, and our service by strength.