We live in a time where the lines are getting blurred a little bit more each day, making it hard to choose a side and stay on it.
It’s impossible to stand up for something without resistance, because the gravity of society is real. You need supernatural strength to swim against the stream, and it’s so much easier to float, to simply go with the most popular opinion or to say nothing…to shut your eyes and pretend that you’re not seeing anything… to close your fists and convince yourself that you do not have to do anything.
Because if you stand up for something you believe in or if you stand up against something you know is wrong, you’re “judged” as being “judgmental”.
If you pursue something with all your heart, even those leaning in the same direction are often quick to call you a “radical” or “freak”.
If you choose a side – any side for that matter – it will be easy to find hundreds of articles on the internet to back you up as “research”, and those of the opposing view will likewise have an equal stash of “research” to support their side of the matter.
If you add up the time you spend doing this “research”, you will realize how much time is wasted sitting on the side-line rather than engaging in the real battle.
And because we’re spending so much time in grey areas, we’re trying to justify grey as a color in it’s own right although deep down we know it’s simply a mixture of black and white.
If something that was white becomes grey – no matter what shade – it’s easy to make it black. On the other hand, making it white again is not so easy.
I could as well have said, “hot”, “cold” or any degree of “lukewarm”. It’s the same concept.
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:15-20 KJV
There is no time to experiment with “different shades of grey”, trying to see how far we can deviate from the perfect “white” of the Light of the World and still claim to be living in it. If we take the time to even think about whether we should read a book or watch a movie that we know is so far from God’s will for our lives, we’re playing with fire. Our eyes and ears are the windows to our souls.
Our only Hope is standing at the door knocking, and we cannot let Him in halfway. It’s all or nothing….hot or cold….black or white.
We’re called to live holy lives and to be light…to be white. And yes, we need His light to shine into our own dark places first before we can become guides for the blind. Otherwise, our sinful nature which is easily tempted with black ideas and willing to experiment with the dark side will rule and reign, making us feel more comfortable living in the grey areas where our sins are not revealed.
Today I would like to challenge you to make a choice and take a stand to throw the door wide open and let Him all in! He alone is able to wash us and make us whiter than snow and change us into His glorious image.