Too many times today it is commonly referred to as being a peace maker (Matthew 5:9). Sometimes it’s even called meek (Matthew 5:5), and sometimes it is even praised as a great Christian trait. What am I talking about? I’m talking about Christians who straddle the fence in order to promote peace and unity when faced with errors . The problem with this ideology is found in the scriptures (Matthew 6:23-24). Too often this type of balancing act is considered a virtue and a way of life for Christians.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NASB)
1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:
2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
If we know something is wrong, yet we decide to take the middle ground, then our lack of action is seen as silent agreement. The way I see it, when we straddle the fence we have just moved ourselves into rebellion against God and His Word. The people on the fence are always swaying back and forth in order to retain their balance. If we are standing on the ground, 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. My advice is to ground ourselves in sound doctrine and contend for the faith when we are presented with 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 how the Bible describes a Christian (Proverbs 1:7, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
2 Timothy 2:14-19 (NASB)
14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness,
17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”