The Courage of one’s conviction

“You get what you pay for.” “A man’s heart is where his treasure is.” These aphorisms suggest that subjective conviction is observable in the empirical things we buy, seek, interact with, and do. The transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” I have pastored diverse people who generally profess, “I’m a Seventh-day Adventist,” yet their aggregate behavior exhibits a variety of convictions on social justice, community services, church liturgy and like-skill issues, etc. How can an individual express his conviction and be cooperative with others, particularly when others think different from you?

How does YOUR conviction relate to your affiliations, home, school, job, and or religious organization?