“Unless your faith is firm you shall not be firm!”

This sentiment is what the Lord conveyed to Isaiah (7:1-9) about the impending fate of Ephraim due to its “mischief.”

I’m reminded of the words of Revelation, as relevant in our day as ever:

I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either cold or hot.  So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (3:15-16)

(The Douay-Rheims and some other Bible versions use “vomit” instead of “spit” for increased effect.  I like that word better here.)

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A weak-kneed, wobbly, spineless faith that is only adhered to when it is easy, when it goes nicely along with the culture (happening less and less, though), but which is hidden or abandoned entirely when challenged is no faith at all.   Witness the next sentence in Revelation:

For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. (v. 17)

Does this not capture the prevalent attitude today?  “I did it my way — things are going pretty well for me.”  Those thinking this way inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth (Mt 23:27) — wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked in their souls.

As it has been said, only dead fish swim with the stream.

God’s warning is Isaiah must be heeded today more than ever.  Stand firm in the Faith!  Swim against the currents of a decadent society!  Especially when it is hard.

Remember: if we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything..  And what sort of Christian example is that?  Is it worth endangering our immortal souls and the souls of those we influence?  We pray thy kingdom come (Mt 6:10).  What are we doing to advance that cause?  Or are we militating against it?  Let us always be on the side of the Lord, never denying Him or betraying Him.

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