“But Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharoah, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, ‘Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods’: Solomon cleaved unto these in love...” (1 Kgs. 11:1,2).
The main antagonist to being in an exclusive relationship with God is a tolerant attitude towards other religious belief systems in the name of demonstrating love. This exclusive relationship with God has no room for compromise in this area. Why? Tolerance leads to the entry of seducing spirits (1 Kgs. 11:1-13). Both Biblical and secular history shows that seducing spirits lead to human downfall each time humanity chooses to cohabitate, or share the same space, with them.
This is the same sad song we often hear about in the Bible, in the books of history, and even in our contemporary context. We tend to blur the lines of separation and boundaries that we, as believers, are supposed to have drawn and erected to prevent these spirits from entering into our personal lives and our corporate body of fellowship. It is not because we are antisocial or believe that we are better than anyone. It is simply because if we allowed the rivers of living water within us to become contaminated by the elements of the world, the outcome would eventually be death because the water would no longer be able to consumed because it has now become polluted and harmful to our spiritual well-being. In other words, there would no longer be any visible distinction between living for and serving God and living for and serving the devil.
This co-mingling would lead to the ineffectiveness of the Church’s influence within the world. We are counterculture to the world’s belief system and the world’s belief system is counterculture to Kingdom living. Or at least that is the way it is supposed to be (Acts 17:6). However, when we lie in bed with someone intimately, the light usually goes out and everything looks the same because it is dark. We can see a faint light in the distance, but it is not enough to illuminate the area in which we are occupying. Where there is no light, it can lead to some form of tragedy because we cannot see what is going on around us. If we are constantly moving, we will eventually end up injuring ourselves because we are being led by our senses and have not made the necessary adjustments because our sense of awareness has become dulled by the darkness.
God is calling for us to make a stand. Either we choose Him or the world, light or darkness, good or evil, life or death, separation or cohabitation, godly living or unrighteousness, faithfulness or compromise…it is our choice. The lines can no longer be blurred and there can be no more grayed areas due to tolerance. So I end with this question today is: Whose side are you on?