Straddling the Fence By Grant Phillips

I’ve heard several sermons preached fifty to sixty years ago about ‘straddling the fence.’ It seemed appropriate at the time, but nowhere near as much as it is today.

Now fifty and sixty years seem like a very long time, but to those of us in our waning years, it was only yesterday. (Whoever said ‘the older you get, the faster time flies’ was dead on.)

I recall vividly that in that era many, many things were so much different than they are today. There were still plenty of sinning and wrecked lives to go around back then, but today’s society has put on public display, in the bright light of day, what used to be hidden back then in the shadows of the night.

In those days the ‘un-churched’ had respect for God’s house and His ministers. The vilest of sins were anathema. Women were treated as ladies, and they reciprocated by acting like ladies. Men were gentlemen. Families were honored. Children were respectful to all adults. Work was honored and laziness was looked down upon. I could give a hundred comparisons if I chose, but this is plenty to get the point for now.

Let me repeat that the world back then had plenty of problems with sin, just as we do today. The difference is that those sins once kept in check or hidden in the dark are now on open display for any-and-all to see, and there is little to no shame.  Another difference is that there were by far fewer participants of rebellion against God and all He stands for in those days.

For example: homosexuality is like a cancer that started out as a small spot back then, barely visible, but today has metastasized throughout the entire body.

Another example: the pulpit was revered and respected as a special place to proclaim the Word of God. Today, the Word of God has been diluted and blasphemed by false prophets and charlatans. Most ‘church’ services are a sham that mocks the holiness of a righteous God.

Today, mass murder of unborn babies is legal; divorce is rampant; pornography is a cancerous fungus on society; lying and cheating is considered the norm; laziness is rewarded; respect for others has flown out the window; and there is no fear of God.

Now let us consider but a few Scripture verses.

“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” (1 Kings 18:21)


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