In 1 Kings 18, we have the infamous Biblical smack down of Elijah vs. the False Prophets of Baal.
It is one of the most awesomest (seminary word) stories in the Bible – I highly recommend reading the whole thing. (In addition to reading the whole Bible itself of course.)
When Elijah arrives on the scene, he’s got to do a bit of triage with Obadiah to assess the situation. Before all the public humiliation of the ‘god’ Baal by the almighty Yahweh, Elijah verbally slaps the people of Israel in 18:21 —
How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.
Yikes. Ouch. Hey, Elijah, I thought you were going to come here to beat up on the Baal guys not us.
Yet, we still do this today don’t we? We flip flop between believing our God is who he says he is, and also entertaining sin – the complete opposite of that. When we linger in sin – we are saying that sin is better than God.
There are two sides to this of course – initially, we all need to come to the knowledge (faith) that we are sinners, and our relationship with our Creator has been broken, and God has offered us Jesus to reconcile us to him, but then after we have been justified and adopted into God’s family thru faith in Jesus– we need to remember who we are in Jesus. That we, as redeemed children of God, do not live lives characterized as flip flopping between following sin and following God. Our commitment is to live lives that please God…24/7. (2 Cor 5:9)
May we truly believe the LORD is God and follow him today.
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I appreciate this loving smackdown, thanks. It resonates right alongside of cutting off or gouging out. Whatever it takes, right? (btw, real men don’t wear flip flops, they sound funny when you walk).