The Fence that Doesn’t Exist

“This is a really important job interview, I could lose it if I tell him I’m a Christian. I guess I’ll just say “not applicable” in the column about religion.”

Has this been you? That lady in Walmart who used the LORD’s name in vain three times, but you just didn’t have the guts to correct her. Or the high school event where you decided to wear pants for a change and silently listened to a conversation about “what’s wrong with the Bible” without lifting your voice to intercede. What about that test you had to take on Science where you filled the “6 million years old” bubble instead of “none of the above” so you’d pass the test? What about that song that your friend played in the car that wasn’t upright and you were to embarrassed to tell her it used the LORD’s name in vain? Or what about that time when your crush disobeyed his parents and you were afraid to talk to him because you thought it might “damage your relationship with him”?

Does this sound familiar? We’ve all done it. It’s that split second where we start thinking about our earthly life instead of our eternal one, and all of a sudden God becomes more forgiving than our friend, so we take advantage of him. It’s that point in time when it looks like a good idea to become “neutral” and the “middle” becomes awfully inviting.

Well here’s the truth; the fence in between God and man doesn’t exist. Middle isn’t a place and there is no side called neutral. The truth is this in between, this “no man’s land” is a fairy land. Both sides will see you as a traitor a faker on the side lines who doesn’t want to get hurt. You become the bat from Aesop’s fables or the Hollander that went Nazi, in both cases you become rejected and in the “middle” of the battlefield you’re suddenly being shot from both sides.

God may be forgiving but he’s also the righteous judge and he’s no fool. “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matt 12:30) “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Rev 3:15-16)

“Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:30) I don’t believe I caught an in between there, did you? You’re either burned or gathered into the barn, it’s that simple.

There is only heaven and hell; right and wrong; righteous and wicked. “…between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” (Luke 16:26)

There is no middle.

You are either all in or all out. “…choose you this day whom you shalt serve…” (Josh 24:15) You are either a tare or a plant, chaff or wheat.

The fence in the middle of the field doesn’t exist so you have to make the decision. When that test asks you to make the decision between creation and evolution which will you choose? When you’re asked to make the choice between that well paying job or proclaiming Christ what will you do?  When those conversations come up that are an abomination to God will you chose to speak or hold your tongue? When a dear friend sins, which relationship is more important? Your friend’s or Christ’s?

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