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Friday, October 26th, '18

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FLIP-FLOPPING

"But after they...saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god" (Acts 28:6)

 

The Bible is a spiritual book, but it also is loaded with human psychology. There is no author or doctor from William James to Freud that has addressed the volume of material about the way people act and think as has the Bible. Read the Psalms and you will see what I mean. There David was shouting one day, pouting the next. Instead of the straight and narrow, life is pictured as a rollercoaster ride. People are basically fickle, flip-floppers, in and out, up and down. That was especially true when Paul was washed ashore at Melita. When the viper sprang out of the fire and fastened on his hand the natives "said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffers him not to live" (vs 4). Remember, Paul shook the snake off into fire and when the crowd expected that he would have swollen up and keeled over dead, instead he didn't, "they changed their minds and said that he was a god". What a turn around, thinking he was murderer one minute, a god the next.

 

But you and I have done that before too. No, we weren't going to buy, then next thing we're carting the thing home. No, we would never stoop to that fad, next thing we dress like everybody else. Flip-flopping is a way of life at Washington. We are warned to "meddle not with them that are given to change" (Proverbs 24:21). Some become schizophrenic on the witness stand. They did then they didn't, they were then they weren't. On the fifth go 'round they hold pat, "That's my story and I'm sticking to it". There is only one cure for flip-flopping; knowing for certain what is for certain. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free". Preachers ought to be solid. Paul said his preaching "was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes" (2 Corinthians 1:19 NKJV). The ability to change one's mind is vital if you want to remain relevant and teachable but standing on both sides of the fence at once can really pain one's groin, especially if it is barbed wire! Flip-floppers seldom reach enviable levels of success.

 

Doing flips and flops off a diving board is a whole different subject, but flip-flopping in business, ministry, commitment in marriage or in our promises to one another is a recipe for disaster. Flip-floppers can be easily deceived for they are spurred by emotion rather than sorting facts. We are not to be "children, tossed to and fro, and carried about of every wind of doctrine..." (Ephesians 4:14) On Christ the solid rock I stand. Maturity is the ability to know where you stand then stand there unmovable. The starting place is a conviction of Who Jesus really is. Faith is conviction and conviction means that a "convict" has been placed on the witness stand with court and jury rendering a verdict. If you flip-flop on the Jesus issue you will flip-flop on evolution, abortion, same-sex marriage and everything else. Paul announced, "I know in whom I have believed..." Maintaining that stance he was able to stay true to his convictions all the way to the Roman axe. Most tragic is the man who flip-flops at the final trial and denounces what he has believed an entire lifetime. If your belief is wrong can it, the sooner the better. But if you know what is right, don't let anyone talk you out of it. You are not a chameleon, you are a tried and tested believer.


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