When two halves do not equal a whole

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.


half believer

Jesus said
Matthew 6:24.

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” and there are times we  complain, criticise, get angry etc.  There are times we allow our eyes and ears to see and hear things which are not wholesome. There are times we don’t show love to our neighbours as we should. 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.

Half and half?Half and half?
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 half and half!
There is no in-between

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.
Romans 12:1-2

Thoughts 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.

Only one life: ’twill soon be past.
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

And from Jim Elliot:
So live, that when you come to die,
you have nothing else to do but die.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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9 Responses to DO TWO HALVES MAKE A WHOLE? Not always

  1. snowgood says:

    Romans 12, it keeps popping up everywhere. Will I ever tire of reading it?


  2. Patti (PJ) says:

    Hey Angela! I saw your comment on “Settled In Heaven” when I visited his blog, so I thought I would visit your’s. What you say is so true. People don’t realize the harm they are doing to their souls by being what I call “wishy-washy about their love for God. The way I see it is we have two choices. We can either LOVE AND LIVE FOR GOD and go to heaven for eternity with Him, or we DON”T LOVE GOD AND LIVE FOR SATAN, and end up somewhere other than in heaven. People also don’t realize that Satan is the “ruler of this world”. Therefore, even if “they are a ‘good person’, but aren’t living FOR GOD, then they are letting Satan control their lives, by being more interested in the “ways of the world” than the ways of God. They are going to wake up when it’s too late and wonder what happened.
    Thank you for your wonderful post!
    God Bless!


    • Hi Patti. WELCOME!
      I’m afraid the majority of people in western countries believe that everyone is a child of God but Scripture is very clear on the subject.

      I have tried to visit your page but when I click on your name, I only get a “server not found” message. Would you please leave your add here so I can visit you?



  3. Rob Barkman says:


    I totally agree with you… how often do we all compromise at one time or another in our lives? It is so sad to think that we aren’t willing to give our all for Him. He gave His all for us…. it is only our resonable service to give our all in return.

    May the Lord bless you,


  4. pbus1 says:

    Hi Angela,

    Another great illustration of sound doctrine! You stirred something in my soul. Jesus does not want us on the fence, because we cannot serve two masters. It is all or none for Jesus, because He will not accept less than our all! We cannot have 1 foot in the church, and 1 foot in the world!

    You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people, some of the time, but there is never a time that you can fool God! He knows the way that we take!

    Thank you for sharing this post. It was a blessing.

    God bless you Angela,



    • Hi Paulette,

      Thanks for your encouragement. I wish we were closer. It would be great to sit and natter over a cuppa. It seems we think alike on many things. I’d love to share testimonies and blessings.

      So true that no one can ever fool God. He even knows our thoughts and our motives. What an awesome God!

      What a wonderful Saviour.



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