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Caught in the Middle

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June is the middle month of the year.  At some point in our lives, we have all been “caught in the middle” of something.  Solomon was once caught in the middle of a traumatic episode as recorded in 1 Kings 3:16-28.  Two mothers came to him with one child.  One had accidentally smothered her child during the night and had switched her dead child for the other mother’s living child.  There were no other witnesses and DNA testing would not be around for a couple of millennia.  This was the proverbial “rock and hard place” decision.  Solomon used his God-given wisdom and threatened the life of the child.  This action quickly identified the true mother.

Today we are definitely “caught in the middle” of two world views.  We hear daily about being “inclusive and tolerant.”  But the ones shouting this the loudest very quickly alienate anyone with a differing opinion from theirs as racist, homophobic, islamophobic or any other “phobic” that they choose.  This is especially true if we uphold the moral and spiritual teachings of Jesus.  As Christians we are constantly shut out of the debate, often with great hatred shown towards those who stand for Christ.  What are we to do?  Follow the crowd and agree?  Stand up and risk strong persecution? In places this may include loss of prestige or business in the community.  In other places and times it even includes death!

Again we need to hear Jesus when He says in Matthew 10:28, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  We must always remember: there is only one Truth, there is only one Way, there is only one Life!  (See John 14:6)  Trust and follow Him!

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