Being caught in the middle is one of the worst places a believer can find him or herself. This is because the middle is a place of indecision often caused by a lack of courage to submit to God’s will or sheer disobedience in heeding the nudging of the Holy Spirit within us. Having been created in God’s image and after His likeness, God gave each and every one of us three unique human attributes: A Sound Mind, A Freewill, and The Power to Choose!
However, these are the attributes I personally feel have become the source of internal conflicts for most Christians. For instance, how many times have you struggled between letting God’s will be done and having your own way? Or trying to please God and at the same time man by subjecting ourselves to worldly standards? Or choosing to look the other way rather than boldly taking a stand when confronted by situations that are complete opposites to godly principles?
I don’t know about you, but for me, that battle PAUL talked about in the book of Romans is Real indeed. You know that battle that is constantly waging war between a believer’s flesh and spirit; rationality and spirituality; head and heart. Yep! It is REAL indeed!
Adding education, science, politics, money, power, globalisation, media, culture, alternative lifestyle, and human right debates (which is a professional thorn for me) into the mix of these daily battles, scales it to a whole new level.
As a believer, what do you do? who do you choose? and whose side would you be found when you are forced to take a stand on diverse range of issues be it personal, philosophical or ideological?
Using myself as an example, I have found myself caught in the middle on different occasions and at different phases life. These are the times I have had to pick a side – God side or Man side. For instance, as a student, I had to decide between studying hard to ace my exams or throwing caution to the wind by cheating during exams. In relationships, I have had to pick a stand between maintaining my purity and defiling myself through casual and meaningless sex just because ‘sex sells’ in today’s society. As a development/human rights practitioner, I find myself in situations where I have had to strategically support human rights issues I feel will not contravene my biblical principles, values and belief system. It’s a typical case of picking the rights to support and defend.
As strange as it may sound to you, I have found myself wishing God didn’t give ‘man’ the ability to think rationally or logically. Wouldn’t you agree that life would be much easier if Adam and Eve didn’t eat the apple? Till date, I personally believe that Christians have not desisted from consuming the forbidden fruit. In what ways you may want to ask? It is in the same way Adam took a bite of the apple so he could please Eve, we too have compromised to please ourselves or someone else. Think about times you have done something contrary to biblical principles just so that you could please your family, a friend, a boss, a business partner, or someone you are in a relationship with. Other times, it just for our personal gratification no matter how short lived the pleasure will last.
If you are reading this, would you take a moment and think about situations in your life (either past or present) where you are/were caught in the middle. Also go ahead and think about the position you took. Would you say you took a stand for God, Man or you where indifferent or felt caught in the middle? A good example of people caught in the middle for their failure to take a godly stand or position is the Church in Laodicea and God’s message to them reads:
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth” (Rev 3:15-16).
With such stern rebuke and judgement, I doubt any believer would want to be indifferent about the things that pertain to God.
Since believers loyalties to biblical standards are tested more than ever before in recent times, it is high time we all took a stand by boldly declaring not only our faith but also the principles on which our faith is built on.
We have already done the hardest part of choosing light over darkness by surrendering our lives to Christ when we became Born Again Christians. What is left is to daily remind ourselves that “…
God has given us everything we [believers] need for life and holy living. He gives this through His great power. As we come to know him better, we learn the He called us to share His own shinning-greatness and perfect life” (2nd Peter 1:3 NLV).
Also, let us each make the resolution to take a stand for biblical principles in our world (where ever we find ourselves) with an understanding that we are a representative of the Kingdom of God on earth and therefore have the obligation to uphold biblical standards and principles regardless of such standards being socially acceptable or not.
Have you found yourself in a similar situation? As usual we would love to hear from you, leave your comments below.