No middle ground
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No middle ground

 I know your deeds,that you are neither cold nor hot.I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth

Rev 13:15-16

During the Cold War of the 1980s, countries around the world were given a choice. Choose the US-led bloc or the Soviet-led bloc. Our two systems were incompatible. Most countries did choose a side, but those who sided with the Soviet Union eventually found themselves on the losing side as there are only a handful of communist countries still in existence. Today, another Cold War is brewing between the US and China, and many countries find themselves caught in this struggle. Some want to play both sides, but I believe time will force countries to choose a side because our two systems are diametrically opposed to one another.

In a similar way, when it comes to the Christian life there is no middle ground. You are either on Christ’s side or the world’s side. You can’t play both sides, to do so is to compromise your faith. 1 John 2:15 says “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” You can’t love the world’s values and Christ at the same time, they are incompatible. In God’s world, there is good and evil. There is light and darkness. There is Satan and Jesus. They exist in opposition to one another.

When you choose to play the middle ground, you not only confuse yourself but those around you are left bewildered. If you aren’t solidly on Christ’s side, what sort of message does that send to the unbelieving world? Do you really love Jesus? Or are you vacillating between Him and the world? Not only that but your spiritual life will be marked by a double-mindedness that will cause you to be unstable in all you do. I know, I’ve been there myself and it is no way to live. You will find yourself miserable if you are unable to commit to the side you’ve chosen.

If you have been born-again, you have chosen to be on Christ’s side and you should no longer look back on your old way of life with fondness. Philippians 3:13-14 says, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” So forget that old life you once lived and choose to place your feet solidly on Christ’s side. You will then be a stable person, able to receive the things of God without hindrance. You can’t grow spiritually by taking a step forward and then a step back. Choose to keep moving forward in Christ!