Friday, August 08, 2008

It’s a black or white world

As we know, John was one of Jesus’ closest friends. He heard the gospel message directly from Christ Himself. At the beginning of his first letter, John appears to feel the need to set some things straight.
This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:5-7
This is the real message of Christ. You either live for the world and its wickedness or you live for God and His truth, holiness, and righteousness. There is no divided allegiance – it’s black and white; light or dark. You can’t have a foot in both camps. There is no grey area for the Christ follower. You are either all-in or not in at all. Truth is truth and it is absolute. The real world, God’s economy, is all about absolutes. There is no middle ground. You are either for Him or against Him. There is no such thing as a Sunday Christian or a carnal Christian. Jesus requires our all. A Christ follower walks in the light and not in the darkness – period. A Christ follower chases after Christ and not the world.

This wake-up call from John to the early church reminding them that Christianity doesn’t involve compromise is a very relevant message for the church today. Like it or not, this is the way it is. It’s a black or white; right or wrong world.

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