Why are there always pleas for BALANCE when talking about any issue that has “two sides”, especially in moral issues? Personally, I can’t stand the word “balance.” I don’t see it in Scripture and I don’t see how it helps clarify anything. I’m not saying that wisdom is not warranted – because I think it is. However, wisdom shouldn’t mean mushy, spineless, or “safely conservative.” If we see things by the right standard, we can confidently walk by faith – despite how others may disagree.
There are those with their head in the sand who only take it out long enough to get air but still hate what they see in the light. Then there are those standing so tall on the highest mountain peak claiming to see danger so powerful and imminent coming ahead, there is only doom and fear to be declared (and loudly).
I don’t think it’s a matter of balance so much as it’s a matter of metrics. How do you measure the world – by what standard?
With true metrics, a true measurement can be taken. We don’t have to close our eyes or freak out because we know the truth, and the truth sets us free.
For example, what we eat is more and more a topic of conversation these days. What are you eating? Do you know where it came from? Why are you eating what you are? These are questions that are we are often asking each other – whether directly or indirectly. However, I think there’s a subtle error that we often make when asking these questions. We talk about “eating right” as though there was a “do eat” and “do not eat” list sent down from heaven that we are trying to follow. No, the point is to eat in faith. If you cannot do it by faith, don’t do it. Eating a “balanced diet” or eating “right” is not the answer – though there may be some truth in that advice. Our measure must be Christ.
But we must not stop with only taking measurements – we must also take ACTION. Without action we are only hypocritical fatheads with all the data but no plan of action. If we don’t do it, it’s not in us. If IT is not in us, something else is. Our fruit will betray our true identity.
Let’s be those who bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Those who don’t over-react to the blind, bold statements of those in the dark. Those who can ably handle the arrows coming right at us – not merely defensive but also on the offensive. Let’s stand with our heads up – not in the sand or in the clouds. Let’s leave the balancing act for those who are ok with “truth gymnastics.” Let’s MEASURE by the right standard, PLAN with wisdom, and ACT with clarity and decisiveness, taking God at His word that He blesses faith-filled obedience.
More needs to be said on this for sure, but hopefully it’s a step in the right direction…