On one side of the fence, everyone is having a “good” time, partying, getting drunk, stealing, lying, etc- everyone was living a life of sin. On the other side, everyone is going to church, praying, helping others, reading the bible- Everyone was living a life seeking God. The two people on the fence discuss what they see, weight the pros and cons and talking about what they did and did not like about both sides… ultimately contemplating about join a side. Finally, one of the two people makes up their mind, jumps off the fence and exits the story.
So there is one person left on “The Fence,” just sittin’ and waiting when two more people come onto the stage. The two new people stop and strike up a conversation with the mugwump (Definition: someone who sits uselessly “on the fence” of indecision, with their “mug” on one side and their “wump” on the other side). They engage in small talk for a short while. Then the new arrives turn the conversation to the fence… they ask the mugwump why they are sitting on the fence. The fence sitter goes on to tell the newcomers about what is happening on both sides of the fence. They describe their dilemma, about how that both sides have its merit and both look so becoming and how they can not decide on a side to chose…
Then the newcomers take their turns to speak. The first one to speak is Jesus, who make a persuasive case to join his side of the fence- the side living for God and the relationship that waits. The second person is the Devil (I had to chose between the nouns Satan or Devil, the Devil sounds more sinister.), who also makes a persuasive case to join his side with all the “fun.” The mugwump is a spectator to a rapid fire debate between Jesus and the Devil who both are present viable argument for their sides. At last, Jesus makes an final appeal to the mugwump- He tells them about the sacrifice He made on the cross and how He loves the fence sitter. He close by saying, “Here is my offer, my gift-it is up to you to accept it.” Then He exists the stage.
The fence sitter is now alone with the Devil. He asks, the mugwump if they had made a decision, to which the fence sitter replies with something along the lines of, “Both sides look good, I am going to stay on the fence, give this decision a little more and then, just maybe, I will choose a side, but for right now I am going to stay right here, on the fence.” The Devil pauses for dramatic effect, chooses his words very carefully and deliberately, puts on a sinister smile and finally says, “I own the fence, too.”
Crazy, eh?! Crazy that indecision is really a decision. It is not like the “not now” button for Facebook friend question that puts that request into eternal limbo. No, it is a choice to not follow God. One may not have made a blatant decision not to follow Christ, but the fact remains, that person did not choose Christ. It is written, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). One has to accept and take ownership of the gift that God has presented to us.
To embark on a journey with God, one must make that decision to follow Him. I have been working through the book of James. It reminds me that I have made a decision to follow and live my life pursuing Christ- I am not sitting on the fence waiting for the last minute to jump to His side. I have no idea when my last moment it, just saying. I have made up my mind, I have gotten off the fence. Have you?