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EXODUS 32:25-26

Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained (for Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies), then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, “Whoever is on the Lord’s side, let him come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him.

Fence-sitting can be hazardous, like it was for the New York family who bought a ranch out West, where they intended to raise cattle. One day a friend from back East visited and asked if the ranch had a name. “Well,” said the would-be cattleman, “I wanted to name it the Bar-J. My wife favored Suzy-Q, one son liked the Flying-W, and the other wanted the Lazy-Y.

So we’re calling it the Bar-J-Suzy-Q-Fly-ing-W-Lazy-Y.” “But where are all your cattle?” the friend asked. “Unfortunately,” the man replied, “none of them survived the branding.”

Moses allowed no such fence-sitting. When he came down from Mount Sinai and found the camp in an uproar, he threw down a challenge. A choice had to be made. Either the people were on the Lord’s side or they weren’t. There was no middle ground.

Too many Christians like to sit on the fence. They want one foot in the faith and the other foot in the world. They don’t want to stand out too sharply from unbelievers for fear of negative responses.

They like to fit in. But, on the other hand, they don’t want to be excluded from believers’ fellowship either. They really don’t know what to do, so they take a prominent position on the fence.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence, isn’t it time you stood for something? Consider Moses’ challenge to his people. Make a choice. Either take your stand for the Lord or side with the world. Whatever you do, don’t straddle the fence. You won’t find any of God’s heroes there.



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