Many years ago I was with a farmer to take a picture of him working in the field planting his crop. I met him in his farm yard and we walked out to the field. He climbed over a barbed wire fence and I followed him. I was almost over when a portion of my pants decided to stay behind and decorate the fence. That bright blue fabric really stood out on the old barbed wire.
And a little of the barbed wire left its mark on my backside. That’s what happens when you pause between here and there. That’s what happens when you sit on a fence. A little of the fence becomes part of you, even though that’s not your intention. The longer you sit, the more potential the damage is.
In Luke 11:14-23 Jesus casts out a demon and a mute person is able to speak. A miracle that some recognize as a miracle. But others question it and even accuse Jesus of working for Satan. But Jesus simply tells them that it makes no logical sense that he would cast out a demon if he himself was in partnership with Satan. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
So, he goes on to explain that if he’s not working for Satan he must be working for God. “But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20). Yet, there are those who want even more signs. They are not willing to believe their own eyes. They are fence sitters.
We live in a culture of fence sitters. Fence sitting has become a very popular sport. In the last few years I’ve heard more and more people say that whatever someone believes is okay. If they’re a good person, they’ll go to Heaven. They can believe in Buddha. They can believe in Muhammad. In witchcraft. Even Satan himself. Or any combination thereof. There are other beliefs that center on alien life. There’s even a church dedicated to the worship of AI (Artificial Intelligence).
Fence sitters say that it doesn’t matter what anyone believes. We should be tolerant of everyone. And that’s not even enough. We should celebrate our diversity.
But if we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, then we cannot go along with the crowd. We must draw a line in the sand. We must take a stand. We must get off the fence and stand on the side of Jesus, who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except though me” (John 14:6).
We cannot serve two masters. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).
What happens to fence sitters? Look at Luke 11:24-26. It’s a warning. A demon is driven out of someone. That evil spirit is looking for a new home. He comes back to the original person and brings with him seven other spirits. They take up residence there. You see, that person did not fill himself up with the Lord. He left an empty void that needs filling. He was sitting on the fence unwilling to make a decision, so a decision was made for him. He was worse off than before.
Our God is a jealous God. He will not share us with another. He would rather spit us out of his mouth than share us.
“So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16).
He is not the Lord of crumbs. He is the Lord of the Banquet Table. He prepares a feast for each one of us, but He force feeds no one. We have to choose to put the napkin on our lap. We have to pick up the knife and the fork. We have to have the appetite for the Lord. To pray, “Lord, make me hungry for you and you alone. Lord, feed me. Satisfy my hunger for you, Holy Spirit.”
There is no fence sitting between Heaven and Hell. There’s one side or the other. By not choosing, we choose. By not choosing Jesus, we choose Satan.
Fence sitters will lose more than a part of their pants. They’ll lose eternal life in Heaven. Get off the fence!