Squish, Just Like Grape

desert street

Today, I was reading CS Lewis’s “Screwtape”, letter number 16.  It described lukewarm churches, and how that’s one way for Wormwood, Screwtape’s assistant to ‘worm’ his way through the subject at hand.  That was to start making him doubt going to church.

Successful people, whether they go to church or not, still have to make decisions.  God wants us to make wise decisions.  To be in a state of limbo for quite some time is being lukewarm.

What does it truly mean to be lukewarm?  It is indecisiveness.  You don’t know which way to go, so you walk in the middle, hoping that if you live both sides, you can survive.  Hah!

Revelations 3:15-16 (ERV) “I know what you do. You are not hot or cold. I wish that you were hot or cold! 16 But you are only warm—not hot, not cold. So I am ready to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say you are rich. You think you have become wealthy and don’t need anything. But you don’t know that you are really miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.

In this day and age, we can’t separate what is being lukewarm, indecisive, and that being balanced and knowing both sides to the argument.

Knowing both sides, is the intelligent way of making a decision.  God really wants us to be like this.  If we can truly know both sides, we easily can be gracious to all.  But, you still need to make a decision on which way to go.

Like the movie from the “Karate Kid”, Mr. Miyagi truly put this idea into an easy parable.  “You walk on the right side of the road.  It’s ok. If you walk on the left side of the road, it’s ok.  But, you walk in the middle, squish just like grape.”  He was explaining this to Daniel-san because he, Daniel, needed either be fully engaged in learning karate or not.  Mr. Miyagi couldn’t have a student who would only be half there.  He wouldn’t be able to fully engage himself in learning how to beat the bad guys in such a short training period.

End of harvest grape 'must', Napa Valley, California

As you can see, being squished isn’t all that lovely to look at.  If this were to be made into wine, the process would have to continue.  That’s the same with making decisions.  You have to be totally engaged and see to it to the very end.


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