A Line in the Sand

In the late nineties, probably 1998 or 1999, the Lord spoke this to me. He said, “A line is drawn in the sand. Those who would will cross over it but those who cannot decide have already decided in their hearts.” A very sobering word, to say the least. At the time, I thought this message from the Lord was for the season we were in, and it was.
But of late, I have realized that what the Lord spoke then is even more applicable for the season we find ourselves in today and going forward. Henry Blackaby once said that going forward the lines between good and evil will widen. As good advances, evil will also advance and the lines between them will become more obvious as they draw apart. Indeed, we have seen that in our Society. We see things we once thought good being called evil and things we once called evil are being called good by many. The line between right and wrong, good and evil, has never been clearer.

 

Isaiah 5:20 says, “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever. What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine and boast about all the alcohol they can hold. They take bribes to let the wicked go free, and they punish the innocent.” He goes on to say, “Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble and dry grass shrivels in the flame, so their roots will rot and their flowers wither. For they have rejected the law of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies; they have despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel.” Today, America stands in the Valley of Decision. Which way shall I go? Whom shall I align with? Which road will I take? The decision has perhaps never been easier, or perhaps harder. Evil forces are pulling many to take a road that leads to destruction. Much deception clouds our view. A road that may be easier. A road that might be popular. A road many travel. And yet the choice to take the narrow road, the road less traveled, has never been more clear. Many want to have a foot on both roads. They want to straddle the center. “Maybe I can profess one thing while aligning with the other. No one will notice. No one will know. Maybe I can just do nothing. Do I really have to choose sides? Do I really have to stand?” But the line between good and evil is getting wider and wider. Too often, we thought we could compromise with those who represent anti-Christ ideologies. Separation of Church and State and all that. “We’ll just stay out of it and let the drama play out. A place that’s safe.” But there is no compromise. The devil doesn’t want to compromise. He has never wanted to compromise. He doesn’t want to meet us half-way. He wants it all. We must take a side. We must stand for what we believe and believe for what we stand for. A popular song in the 60s said, “You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything.” What will we stand for today? Who will we stand for? What will our choice be?

 

In Joshua, chapter 24, Joshua said this: “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone…” Then later on, he says, “But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” The Lord has allowed a shaking. A pressure cooker, so to speak. Pressure has been mounting on his Church the past few years and especially this last year until it has now reached a pressure-point. We have to decide. We have no choice. Are we in or are we out?. There is no in between. Society is placing us at a point where we must stand or fall. As for me and our home, we will serve the Lord. We will stand.

 

By Vic Stinemetze