You Can’t Have It Both Ways

For many years, Burger King has had the slogan, “Have it your way.” If there has ever been a better description of how most of society thinks and believes, I haven’t found it. We live in a day and age in which the only absolute according to most people is there are no absolutes. We live in a time in which you the only way you are wrong is if you proclaim there is only one way to be saved. Here is the most troubling part, much of this attitude has invaded the church as well. This isn’t anything new. In fact, it is something that Paul addressed with the Corinthian church. 1 Corinthians 10:21 says, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.” Paul is saying that Burger King is wrong, you can’t have it your way.

One thing that the church needs to do is to stand up for the Word of God. This doesn’t mean that we have to defend God. God doesn’t need us to defend Him, nor do we have to try and explain everything that God’s Word says to those who question it. As a Christian, our responsibility is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourself. We are to teach and stand on the Word of God. A lot of times, Christians feel like they need to apologize for what the Bible says. Are we forgetting what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”? The Holy Spirit is the teacher of the Word of God, and unless He is living inside of us, the message of the cross will be offensive. We don’t have to defend God, and we don’t have to defend what the Bible teaches. God will do both of those things. However, it is our responsibility to live out the teachings of the Bible. After all, Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). I have used this quote many times, but it has always been one that stuck with me. It is found at the beginning of a song done by a Christian group that no longer exists. The quote is this, “The greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, but deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” This is in part what Paul is getting at in our text in 1 Corinthians 10. We can’t profess our love for Jesus one day while living like the world the next. Our whole life was purchased by Jesus’ blood on that cross, and nothing less than our whole commitment to Him will do. Are there some areas in your life that you are compromising in right now? If so, acknowledge them. Don’t pretend that they don’t exist. But cry out in confession, and in repentance ask the Lord for help with fleeing those temptations so that you can live for Him. He has given you the Holy Spirit to help with this. You just have to ask, and then surrender to His will. Let’s no longer live like we can have it our way, instead let’s strive to live the Lord’s way for the Lord’s glory.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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