Many years ago in the Northwest United States, a man was returning home by railway from visiting friends.
On that cold January night, the train suddenly stopped. When it became obvious that the train was not going to move any time soon, the man asked the conductor the problem. “A car off the track ahead,” he answered.
As cold as the evening was, the curious passenger got off to investigate, and found the car in such a position that all progress was blocked. He then returned, and said to the conductor, “It seems to me that the car is not off the track. If it were, we could go on.”
“That’s right,” said the conductor, “the trouble is it is partly on and partly off.”1
The prophet Elijah asked the people of Israel, “Why do you falter between two opinions” (1 Kings 18:21).
The word for “falter” is totter.2 God’s people were not walking uprightly. Sometimes they tottered over to the side of God, and then they lurched like an intoxicated person on the side of false gods. Elijah was rebuking them for their compromise, inconsistency, and tottering.
“There are some who, while they do not spot nor stain their garments in gross iniquity, nevertheless, do not walk in white. They walk in grey. Somebody has said that, morally and spiritually, black and white have become a smudge of indefinite grey.
Grey is the color of compromise – it is neither black, nor white. It is a very popular color nowadays in the realm of religion. Grey is also suitable for a funeral, but it is a poor garb for a Christian. We should walk in white down here that we may walk with our Lord in white hereafter.”3
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- Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 753
- Arthur W. Pink, The Life of Elijah, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, pp. 126 – 127
- Vance Havner, Repent or Else, Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood, NJ, Copyright 1955, p, 68