Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No middle ground

I am hanging out in 1 John where the Apostle John gets right to the point in his writing:
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. – 1 John 1:6
Here’s the deal, we either live for the world and its wickedness or we live for God and His truth, holiness, and righteousness. There is no divided allegiance – it’s black and white; or, as John puts it, light or darkness. We can’t have a foot in both camps. There is no grey area for the Christ follower. We 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. We are either for Him or against Him. This means that there is no such thing as a Sunday morning Christian or a carnal Christian.

Jesus requires our all. A Christ follower walks in the light and not in the darkness – period. We can call ourselves Christians, but if our lives are characterized by the darkness of unrepentant sin or a lack of love for others, then we are just fooling ourselves and we are living a lie. A Christ follower chases after Christ and not the world.

This passage is sobering, but it is also very exciting because of the underlying truth that, in Christ, we have all we need to walk in the light. We are free to be children of the light. We have been called out of darkness by the King of the universe into His marvelous light.

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