What Do You Do In the Twilight Zone?
Kevin S. Kay
WHEN MOSES BID FAREWELL
to his people in a series of
speeches on the plains of Moab, he
challenged them to make the most
basic and fundamental choice in life.
"See, I have set before thee this day,
life and good, and death and evil . . . I
call heaven and earth to witness
against you this day, that I have set
before thee life and death, the blessing
and the curse: therefore choose life,
that thou mayest live, thou and thy
seed" (Deut 30:15,19).
In all the years that have come and gone since the time of Moses, that choice has not changed. Like the Israelites of old, we, too, must choose between life and death, good and evil, the blessing and the curse, etc. And these two alternatives are diametrically opposed to one another. There are only two roads to follow: the broad way which leads to destruction or the narrow way which leads to life (Matt 7:13-14). We are either with Christ or against Him (Matt 12:30). There can be no communion between light and darkness (2 Cor 6:14ff). Friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4). God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all ( 1 Jn 1:5).
We must choose between right and wrong, and unfortunately, that choice is not always an easy one to make. In fact, at times, that choice is extremely difficult for a number of reasons, but it is often especially difficult because the line between right and wrong is not always easy to draw. Some things are black, some things are white; other things, however, are gray. There is the realm of darkness and the realm of light -- and then there is the twilight zone.
Please let me illustrate what I mean. I believe that most of us would agree that the modern dance is lascivious in its nature and, therefore, clearly in the realm of darkness. I believe that all would agree that to forego dancing is clearly in the realm of light. But someone asks, "What if I go to the prom, but I don't dance?" Drunkenness is clearly in the realm of darkness, and abstinence is clearly in the realm of light. But someone asks, "What if I go to the party, but I don't 'party'?" Fornication is clearly in the realm of darkness and chastity is clearly in the realm of light. But someone asks, "Why can't we stay out all night just to talk and go for a walk in the moonlight? What's so bad about that?" Do you see what I mean?
What do you do in the twilight zone? I believe that before we can answer that question, we need to answer another: What do you do in the realm of darkness and in the realm of light? Until one is able to deal with things that are black and white, he will not be a able to deal with things that are gray. What is to be our attitude and our actions toward those things that are clearly right and clearly wrong? The word of God has the answer. Those who love God must cease to do evil and learn to do well (Isaiah 1:16-17). We must hate the evil and love the good (Amos 5:14-15). We must not be conformed to the world, but rather be transformed (Rom 12:1-2). We must abhor that which is evil and cleave to that which is good (Rom 12:9). We must abstain from every form of evil and hold fast that which is good ( I Thess 5:21-22). Now, let us ask the question again: What do you do in the twilight zone? What is to be our attitude and actions toward those things in the gray area? Once again, the word of God has the answer. Listen to the words of the wise man: "Enter not into the path of the wicked, and walk not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it; Turn from it, and pass on." ( Prov 4:14-15). Can you do that and go to the prom, even though you do not dance: Paul said, "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof" (Rom 13:14). Can you do that and still go to the party? Paul told the Corinthians "All things are lawful for me; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me; but I will not be brought under the power of any" (1 Cor 6:12). While something may not be wrong, that doesn't mean it's wise. It may not be wrong to give a box of matches to a baby, but it certainly is not wise. That all-night walk in the moonlight may not be wrong, but is it wise? How does it look? Where will it lead? Paul commands the Christian to flee youthful lusts and fornication (2 Tim 2:22; 1 Cor 6:18). Borrowing the words of comedian Flip Wilson, may I suggest to you that "the booth in the back, in the corner, and in the dark" - is not the place to flee youthful lusts and fornication.
Paul told the Ephesians: "neither give place to the devil: (Eph 4:27). One of the ancients once said: "Give me a place to stand, and I'll take the world." That, my friend, is all that Satan needs. If you give him a place to stand, he will take your soul straight to hell. Please, be careful in the twilight zone -- and remember that it is better to be safe than sorry.