Mollie does not know fear. Rhodesian Ridgebacks originated in South Africa. While their history is debated, what is clear is that they are tough, intelligent dogs that are brave and fast enough to face a lion. In watching Mollie from the time she was six months old, it is clear that she is beyond loyal. She is extremely protective – especially of women, specifically the Ashlock women. She can be aggressive – especially of men, specifically of men dressed in dark leathers. I have no doubt that she would defend Cherry through her last breath.
Everyone needs a Mollie in her or his life. Your defender does not need to be a dog. Individuals can fill the role of a defender. Ideas and principles need defenders as well.
As I reflect on great moments of friendship in my life, many involve individuals that stood up when I could not. They fought for what was right. Sometimes it was out of loyalty. On other occasions, it was because it was the right thing to do. Often I did not discover his/her actions until years later. In all cases, I found that my appreciation for their sacrifice did not change with the passing of time. I see them as individual monuments of compassionate courage.
Others have received the same gift. When false ideas were presented to one community, “Paul and Barnabas were up on their feet at once in fierce protest. The church decided to resolve the matter by sending Paul, Barnabas, and a few others to put it before the apostles and leaders in Jerusalem.” (Acts 15.2) They were willing to stand up and be accounted. They were willing to do what was right, even thought the outcome was far from certain. They were willing to fight in order to make their world a better place.
We need Mollies in our lives. We need to be more like Mollie in our own way. Truth is willing to stand with us. The call involves risk. We may not win or even survive. It is a calling worthy of God.