While attending the Kentucky high school boys state basketball tournament yesterday, I noticed a fan who obviously had some mixed feelings about who to cheer for in the upcoming game. I could tell because of the t-shirt she was wearing. She had taken a couple of different colored shirts–one from each school–cut them in half and sewn the halves together to make one hybrid shirt.
I thought about asking her about her situation. Did she have relatives at both schools? Did she graduate from one school, and now works at the other? Was there some other explanation for her divided allegiance?
Since I didn’t ask her, it will remain a mystery to me. She had a reason to root for both teams, and that’s all that matters.
Sometimes we Christians try to have one foot in the kingdom and the other foot in the world. God forbids this. Jesus says you can’t serve both God and Money (Matthew 6:24). The Lord wants us to choose whom we will serve (Joshua 24:15). A kingdom divided against itself can’t stand (Matthew 12:25); neither can an individual with mixed spiritual loyalties.
We should pray like David, “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”–Psalm 86:11.