“ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ” (“Come and take”). These are the words spoken by King Leonidas in reply to Xerxes of Persia’s demand that the Spartan army lay down their weapons. Faced with unbeatable odds, the 7,000 strong Spartan army held back the Persian army of over 100,000 for three days, giving the people of Athens time to evacuate, thus avoiding certain annihilation by the Persian army. It is one of the most remarkable stories of courage known to history, inspiring generations with the power of standing firm regardless of the odds.
Christians face a foe more formidable than the Spartans did when they faced the Persians. But we can do so by not compromising on grace and truth.