From Oregon City Church of Christ

Bulletins: Cover2015-12-06

Ron Writes


The “Civil War.” Beavers vs. Ducks. During this annual rivalry football game, I’m a platypus. That’s half beaver, half duck. I have no dog in the fight. That usually makes fans from both schools upset with me. There’s no in between for the true fan. Both sides would rather have me choose, even if it was to choose their rival.

There have always been those who won’t choose. We want our cake and eat it too.

God calls us to choose!

In the OT, the Israelites hadn’t totally turned their back on God, they just wanted idols too. Elijah said to the people, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him” (1 Kgs. 18:21). They would not choose.

Joshua realized this same tendency when he called on God’s people to “choose for yourselves today who you will serve; whether the gods, which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh 24:15). The point is clear, you can’t have both.

There is no half way with God. Those among the seven churches that Jesus condemns in Revelation were struggling with compromise. They were true to God in some respects, but struggled to fully choose God. The church in Pergamum, while staying faithful to God in some ways, had those who held to the teachings of Balaam and the Nicolaitans. Those in Thyatira were improving, but tolerated the woman Jezebel, who called herself a prophetess. The church at Laodicea was “lukewarm.” God wished that they were either hot or cold. God wants us to choose and commit our hearts to Him.

There’s that desire to love God, but love the world too. There’s the person who wants to be a Christian, but wants to live with their girlfriend or boyfriend. There’s the person who wants to be a Christian, but won’t address their addiction. There’s the person who wants to be a Christian, but will only worship when it’s convenient and will only give on the spur of the moment. The examples can go on. There’s the desire to be committed to God, but compromise is a path well traveled.

God wants us to choose.

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