The Christian cannot live in the shadow lands of a double life.
The post war years of WWII brought on the never ending story of the Cold War. It was a fear of battle that seemed to exist between the free world and those who controlled the communist block of powers. As youngsters many of us can remember the advertisements on television that instructed people how to handle a nuclear attack. Some people went so far as to build concrete bunkers in their back yards. Of course those had to be stocked with food supplies and water. Fear was the reality that many embraced due to the stockpile of nuclear arms and missiles.
Out of this scenario arose men and women, who in real life, served as spies for either the free world or the communists. Some were even known as “double agents”.
The movies and television reflected this culture shift with movies and television programs like, “007”….”Bond, James Bond”, “I Spy”, “In Like Flint”, “MacGyver”, and “Magnum P.I.”. Comedian Don Adams even had the spy spoof, “Get Smart”.
In our Christian testimony, in the life which we live, there is no guessing or wondering who’s side we are on. Our witness is sure. Our life is set. Our eternal destiny is guaranteed. The Christian does not have the opportunity to confess one thing (his belief in Christ), and yet live differently (merely to serve self). Like Paul the Apostle, we live to serve Christ and to die is our gain. (Philippians 1:21)
The believer in Christ had determined that he is not okay and that he cannot live apart from the righteousness that Jesus alone imparts to those who humbly come to Him in sincere faith. To even consider for a moment that one can give a vocal testimony of Christ and yet live a life of shame and debauchery is the most pathetic of true Christian witness. James in his epistle wrote that a double minded man is unstable in all of is ways. (James 1:8) He was declaring that anyone professing themselves as a believer but yet living in the world, was nothing less than a play actor or hypocrite. That person occasionally believes in God, but when trials come, in the line of the cartoon character, Snagglepuss, “he exits….stage left.”
Oh, but we the church of Jesus, are entrusted with the highest of callings: to represent Jesus, His kingdom and His righteousness. There is therefore no opportunity for us to live in the shadow land of a double life. We’ve been ransomed from such a life once and for all.