At the outbreak of the American Civil War a Tennessee cotton planter could not decide which cause to support: the North or the South. Since he had friends on both sides, he decided to be neutral. He wore a grey shirt and blue trousers.
One day he was caught in the middle of a skirmish, so he stood up, shouting that he was neutral and asking if he could leave the field before the battle closed in. Union sharpshooters, seeing the grey jacket, riddled it with bullets, while Confederate men, seeing the blue trousers, filled them with lead.
I doubt this is a true story but it could be. Regardless of whether it is true or not, it is illustrative of how many people live – trying to please everyone but standing for nothing – and achieving little or nothing which is worthwhile.
“No man can serve two masters”
Sadly, many Christians try. They “wear the tag” on Sundays and when they are with other Christians, but more often than not, their lifestyle in their homes and in their workplaces and especially in their leisure/entertainment times does not reflect the life of Christ within.
If we are honest we ALL fall prey at times.
There are times we fail to “let our light shine”
There are times we complain, criticise, get angry etc.
There are times we allow our eyes and ears to see and hear unwholesome things.
There are times we ignore someone in need.
There are times we don’t show love to our neighbours as we should, going the extra mile.
There are times we fail to speak a word for the Lord.
There are times we don’t spend the time with the Lord,
in His Word and in communion with Him, gaining strength for the day.
There are times we go our own way, instead of seeking His will.
We fail at times, but it certainly isn’t the way God intends.
We learned in primary school
that two halves make a whole
and we cannot deny that,
but when we apply it
to someone trying to walk the fence in the Christian life,
it cannot apply.
TWO HALVES THEN MAKE A NOTHING
It is impossible to be a HALF a Christian.
There is no in-between.
One is either a believer or a non-believer.
One either HAS Christ or DOES NOT have Christ. [1 John 5:12]
One either has eternal life or does not have eternal life. [John 3:36]
One is either a child of God [John 1:12. 1 John 3:2]
or a child of the devil [Eph 2:2-3. John 8:44]
There is no in-between. There is no half-and-half.
If we are a child of God, we are called to:
Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
And DO NOT be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
Thought from Mr Anon:
When we still our conscience by calling something a “necessary evil”
it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.