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” 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.
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.
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.