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Gain acceptance by taking a stand

Pastor Mark Holmes

The fable writer, Aesop, tells of a mythical conflict that arose between the beasts and the birds. As the groups established their sides, each invited the bat to join their forces.

The bat, not wanting to commit, played one group against the other. When the birds asked him to fly with them, the bat hid its wings and proclaimed he was a beast. When the animals invited him to join their group, the bat opened its wings claiming to be a bird.

The disagreement between creature and bird ended peacefully, and as each group celebrated the armistice, the bat wanted to join in on the fun. However, as it approached each group, fellowship was refused and the bat was chased away, forcing the bat to come out at night when neither beast nor bird would molest it.

Aesop claims this is the result for those who refuse to take a stand. In an attempt to be all things to all creatures, the bat became nothing to anyone. Refusing to commit can result in rejection.

Jesus, shared this thought with the church at Laodicea. It was known as a church with little commitment. Perhaps it was trying to be all things to all people. His response for their action was to “spit them out of My mouth.” He would rather they had been hot or cold than “lukewarm.”

In hoping to gain acceptance, we may choose not to take a stand on an issue. However, this could result in a far greater rejection.

Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.