When you look around the world what do you see? Perhaps you see a multitude of sinners, its okay if you do, after all, that would be a very accurate Biblical assessment of our fallen world. There are many people that make the world go round, I see men, women, boys, and girls from all walks of life, of all ages, settling in the middle of the road, only to be perpetually disappointed by the circumstances of this life. Adding insult to injury, we see them sinning as a result of their disappointment, as a means of escape or a brief opportunity to satisfy themselves.
I see people too often giving place to their career above everything else making it number one in their life, because they find little to no joy in any other areas of life. I see people resolving themselves to mediocrity in an attempt to be well liked by others, trying to please everyone, always going along to get along, as the saying goes, just remaining in the middle of the road, always being neutral.
Neutrality, bi-partisanship, and tolerance are admired postures in our post-modern culture. But God does not admire neutrality. In fact, He does not recognize it at all. He clearly states that all those who are not for Him are by default, against Him. Jesus said, “He who does not gather with Me, scatters.” It could not be any clearer than that. God is not a mediocre God. He does not settle. He will not resign Himself to the plans of man or other created beings. He has not lost the fight. On the contrary, He has already won the war. Yet, there are some who wish to remain neutral. They tip their hats to God by occasionally attending church or adopting certain religious rituals. But in truth, their agenda is still their own, and not God’s. However, we cannot be partakers of the Lord’s Table, and of the table of devils. – 1 Corinthians 10:21.
If we know something is wrong, yet we decide to take the middle ground, then our lack of action is seen as silent agreement. When we straddle the fence we have just moved ourselves into rebellion against God and His Word. Consider the people on the fence, they are always swaying back and forth in order to retain their balance. If we are standing on the Word, then there is no need to sway because we are standing on solid ground. Those on the fence must eventually come down, and far too often they end up on the wrong side of the fence sinking in the sand.
We should strive to ground ourselves in sound doctrine and contend for the faith when we are presented with life’s challenges. I know this is not a popular thing to do today (John 15:17-19), but it is something that we must strive to do. We should always stand for the truth by presenting our case in truth and love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). It’s easy to climb up on a fence in order to avoid conflicts, but the problem comes in as we try to maintain our balance. The longer we are on the fence the more we must focus on ourselves in order to maintain our current position. Let us stand firm upon the Word of the Lord even when we know it will cause conflicts (Matthew 10:32-36).
As we walk with Christ, we should strive to live in a manner that glorifies the Lord (Romans 12:1-9, Ephesians 5:1-4). It’s easy to get side tracked and find ourselves straddling the fence. Not only is it important to stand firm for sound doctrine, but it just as important to live in a way that reflects who you are and whose you are (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
If you are a believer who is “straddling the fence” by having one foot in world and one foot in the Word, then Paul’s warning in Ephesians 4:17-19 is for you. Eventually you will be drawn into the system of the world and suck up all of its filth. This is not a good place to be. This place leads to darkness, futility, separation, and hardness of the heart. In this is a place there is no peace, only misery. Therefore, follow the truth that you have in God’s Word instead of the lies of the world. The truth leads to light, the fullness of Christ, and the plan of God, and heart that longs for truth. This is where true peace can be found. This warning from Paul should not be taken for granted! The WORD of GOD is the only stable ground on which to stand. Let’s all get off of the fence and jump into the WORD.