Opposition By Being Neutral and Non-committal
Luke 11:23 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.” Matthew 12:30 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.”
The words in our text were spoken by Jesus who is also God. In these words, He defines those who oppose Him. In other texts, and rather obviously, opposition includes the evil doers, thieves, the greedy, murderers, the immoral, the irreligious and any body else who lives openly a life that contradicts the will of God. Are you in the opposition, opposing God?
Elsewhere also Jesus expands the opposition party, that opposes God on earth, to include hypocrites. Hypocrites are those who live double lives. They are religious for publicity, but privately do evil. They pretend to be what they are not. They successfully fool people to believe they are good but they are not. These lot of opposition is found inside places of worship, among worshippers and their leaders. They actively participate in worship and even lead out but they are actually opposers of Him whom they worship. Are you in the opposition, opposing God?
To oppose God is a serious matter. It cuts your relationship with God. It blocks the flow of blessings coming your way. To oppose God leaves you without God’s protection or favour. To oppose God dooms your future in this life, and in the life to come, all opposers end up in eternal death in Hell. Are you opposing God?
What is alarming today, is that Jesus redefined opposition to include those who are neutral and non-committal. Those who are still thinking whether to support God or the devil. Those who are still studying to understand and appreciate Christianity. Those who find the church too hypocritical and have decided to do good while outside the church. Those who are wise, calculating, philosophical and don’t rush into decisions. They are all in the opposition against God of heaven! The critical and argumentative who can’t just join for some logical, rational reason, they too are actively opposing God! Even the quiet humble lot, who don’t want to be dragged into scandalous publicity of church issues, and they just mind their own business, they too oppose God! Are you in the opposition, opposing God?
By being neutral and non-committal you declare that the devil and evil, are not bad enough to be outrightly rejected by you. By being neutral and non-committal you declare that God and His propositions are not good enough to straight away attract you to make an open decided stand. By being neutral and non-committal you are declaring that you find some good in the evil you haven’t openly shunned and some evil in God’s side that you haven’t openly embraced. If you therefore find some good in evil, you oppose God. If you then find some evil in God’s side, then you oppose God. Those who are neutral and non-committal have a problem with God, hence their indecisiveness. They are in the opposition by being neutral and non-committal. Are you in the opposition against God?
Our lives suffer lack of blessings because we oppose God. We oppose God in active evil, in hypocrisy and in neutrality. The call of God demands open decided choice to follow God. The church belongs to God and not to leaders or members. Therefore don’t use leaders and members and their conduct as a reason not to be in the church. Our lives will be better off if we stop opposing God and openly support Him and His course!
May God forgive us for opposing Him actively, in hypocrisy and in neutrality. May God enable us to openly support Him in spite of all else. May we who have decided to quit opposing God, be blessed today in all we do, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content…thank you and be blessed!)