Is Neutrality an Option?

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I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. – Revelation 3:15-16

 

We seem to ride the fence quite a bit these days in America. No one wants to hold a line for fear of being judgmental, or even worse as being seen as judgmental. There are many subjects about which neutrality is fine. Who makes the best coffee? What brand of toilet paper feels the best?  Would you rather be too hot or too cold?  Which football team is the best?  Who makes the best shoes?  Shockingly, these are the things which everyone seems to comfortably take a side on. However, neutrality on moral issues is deadly. You can’t do it and keep your character or your country intact. And saying that you were trying to be nonjudgmental will be an empty excuse when the bill comes due.

 

Saying that everyone is right from their own perspective isn’t sustainable.  Eventually you end up with two people you like who both have viscerally opposite thoughts on a subject.  Not on the kind of subject like blue is a better color than red for a sweater, but on the kind of subject like Jesus Christ is the son of God or he isn’t, or abortion is wrong or it isn’t.  You can’t square those kind of disagreements and say everyone is right from their own point of view.

 

At some point you have to pick a side folks, as uncomfortable as it is, and as many enemies as you may make, some even in your own close circle of friends and family.  You have to decide what you think, and then “ride for the brand”.  Now, I’m not saying that you can’t change your mind, or that with age you don’t gain wisdom and some perspective, but if the wisdom and perspective you are gaining is to live and let live to the point where you don’t disagree even when a situation is morally wrong … that is not kindness or wisdom or understanding, that is simply cowardice.

 

This is not the most comfortable of subjects, but I feel like it needs to be talked about these days.  I’ll leave you with a couple quotes here.

 

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.” — (Attributed to multiple sources)

 

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, 1755

 

– JT Cope IV

 


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