Tightrope Walker

Do you ever feel your life as a Christian is like one of those guys who walks a tightrope high above the crowd at the circus?  You work hard to maintain your balance and do not lean too far one way or another out of fear you will come crashing down.  And there are several areas this might apply to in our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Forgiveness and obedience.  Jesus paid the price for all true believers once and for all on that cross.  His blood washed us clean.  Yet we are also told if we love Him we will obey all he commanded.  How do we find that perfect balance between grace and the command to sin no more?

What about fighting the culture wars?  We want to stand up and fight against the evil permeating our society…yet Jesus warned us the day is coming when Satan and his minion, Anti-Christ, will be given authority to wage war and defeat the saints for a short while.  So is fighting the culture wars noble or futile?

Evangelizing.  We are told to spread the good news of the gospel to all corners of the earth—yet scripture tells us that He chose us and knew before we were born those that would become his children through Jesus Christ.

Politics and government.  Paul tells us to obey and submit to the governing authorities.  But do we just roll over and not fight injustice or evil as it permeates our government institutions.  Do we stand up for the rights of the unborn and marriage as God defines it?  Or do we let the world do what the world does and sit on the sidelines watching it slowly decay?  Does it really matter who is elected president when the end of the Book is already written?

Yes, sometimes I  feel like that guy up on the high wire, trying to balance these conflicting emotions and thoughts as I live my life in this world, awaiting the return of my Savior and King.  So how do we handle this mix of ideas and emotions?  As with all things we do what the Word of God teaches us.

We are told to care for the least of our brothers—so we stand up for the rights of the unborn and give generously to those in need—but we do not enable those who do not want to grow and want to remain dependent on the generosity of others.  But we also understand we are not going to change the fate of this fallen world.  It will become increasingly evil until Jesus returns in glory and victory.  No act of man can change the end of the story.

We are taught that Jesus forgave the sins of true believers who confess their heartfelt faith in Him—and we are told to sin no more.  So we accept His great gift of forgiveness, abandon the things of this world and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to help us walk away from our sinful nature.  But if we sin, we abide in the glory of His great love and forgiveness, not giving the enemy a foothold of condemnation in our hearts.  But we never take His mercy and grace for granted or as a license to continue sinning.

We proclaim the gospel with our friends, family and strangers, sharing the good news of salvation to those who place their faith in Jesus—but we realize God alone through the gospel has the power to save men.  We plant the seeds—He grows the plant.  When the plant starts to grow we become God’s gardeners, mulching and watering by mentoring and shepherding the new believer in the teachings of God.

There is a verse in the bible that I think brings peace and clarity to us when we feel like we are walking that tightrope.  Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14:  “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

When things get complex, concentrate on the simplicity of that verse.  It puts everything into proper perspective.