Monday, April 8, 2013

The answer to religious multi-tasking


They worshiped the Lord but also served their own gods (2 Kings 17:33).


The problem
Dual allegiance. Torn between two lovers. Spiritual adultery. Syncretism. Serving two masters. These are some of the phrases that come to mind when I read this verse.


This is an untenable, unworkable situation. Jesus said, No one can serve two masters, either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other (Matthew 6:24).


By the way, this is the source of many problems in marriage. The man or the woman is unable to live with deep commitment for the other.


This is why young adults fail to launch their lives: they have many options but through fear, or confusion cannot make the hard decision for a certain path in life.


The solution
So what is to be done? Make a choice. Decide.


In the words of Elijah: Stop faltering between two opinions. If God is God serve him and if baal is God then follow him (I Kings 18:21). But no room here for religious multitasking or chic inter-faith religious dabbling.


The Hebrew word for opinion speaks of branches or forks in a tree limb or a road.


The words "falter" or "waver" mean "to limp, to halt, to hop, to dance, or to leap."


So the question quite literally is something like this: How long will you keep dancing on one foot and then on the other while trying to straddle a widening branch or to take both forks of a road at the same time? You can't do it. It is yet again one of those moments of truth in the Bible where indecision is not only challenged but condemned.


So a choice must be made. And the only choice available is this: be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left (Deuteronomy 5:32).


Example of Jesus
Over two thousand years ago Christ demonstrated for all the power of a single choice. He prayed, not my will, but your will be done (Luke 22:42).


He went to the cross, willingly gave up his life in love for a lost world. Only through the power of Christ’s righteous life do we ever have the hope of praying like Jesus, Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).


Yesterday was Sunday. Both services were well attended. On the one hand this is great. But what kind of worshipers are we on Monday through Saturday?


Do we still worship God. Or is it God plus...?


Any responses to this?