~ Neutrality ~
“the state of NOT helping or NOT supporting
either of two opposing sides.”
Generally speaking, I don’t believe in the premise of neutrality. I understand that in wartime, a nation may remain neutral, taking neither side. Neutral parties are essential in mediating conflict too. But I’m speaking of an inner-neutrality; a place that might exist where I can coast through my life.
Within my inner person, there was a plain I used to pitch my life’s tent, believing I could exist moving neither forward nor backward. I lived with that perception for many, many years. I believed I could choose to stop growing if I liked, and simply stay put. As far as I could see, I was in very good company, because as I looked about, there were tents pitched by “Christians” everywhere upon this plain. I reasoned (with very little contradiction from anyone around me), “I have my heaven ticket in my pocket and I’ll traverse the fields of “spiritual development” as I have time, energy and desire.” In the in between times, I felt certain I was at least assured my place in the Kingdom.
But I learned quickly enough that no such reality exists. I became very aware that my existence as a follower of Jesus was something alive; that I am alive…alive in Christ. I am either connected, drawing from a life-giving source (Jesus), receiving nourishment so that I might develop, or I am disconnected, and in a state of decay. No neutral ground. No coasting. No status quo. It’s growth or atrophy; moving forward or sliding backward. There is no fence to ride in the Christian life. We have fabricated one in our minds, but it is an illusion.
I Peter 1:6-9
Revelation 3: 14-17