Proverbs 29: No Middle Ground
I don’t know how many of you are Lord of the Rings fans, but if you are, I think you will agree that Middle Earth is a world that has very little on neutral ground. You either on the side of good, or you are on the side of evil. Take the ents for example. They tried to be neutral. They tried to kind of exist in the world on their own, but even they got drawn into the conflict. Why? They got drawn in because everyone was going to be affected in some way by the decision.
Our world is quite similar. There is a similar tension between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Proverbs 29 lays out the conflict quite clearly.
Pro 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
One is an abomination to the other, and vice versa. It is not as if there is a lot of middle ground here. In other words, if you are upright, the wicked are basically telling you that you are dead wrong, and if you are wicked, the upright are telling you the same thing.
Christianity is an exclusive religion. I don’t mean exclusive in the sense that it is limited to certain people and not others. I mean exclusive in the sense that it rises or falls on its own. If Christianity is true, then it is the one true religion. If it is wrong, then it goes down by itself. If Christianity is wrong, it doesn’t affect the rightness or wrongness of Islam. It necessarily needs to stand alone. It cannot be one path of many that leads to some kind of ambiguous conglomerate God.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus said that He was the way. That obviously implies singularity. That is important. That is why there cannot be the middle ground. That is not an option left open to us. I know that that’s not a popular message in the world today, but I don’t know how you can get around that if you are Christian. If you are taking Jesus at His word, we have a decision to make. Either we are on His side, or we are not.