In a factory, a sign over the machines read, “When the Threads Get Tangled, Send for the Foreman.” One day the threads got tangled on one machine and the operator tried desperately to untangle them. Just then the foreman came along and asked, “Don’t you see the sign?” “Yes,” was the reply, “but I’m doing my best to take care of it myself.” “Doing the best you can,” came the answer, “always means sending for the foreman.” Doing our best with life’s tangled skeins means calling on the Great Overseer.
ABHORRENCE, NOT TOLERANCE
Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
We are not to tolerate evil but abhor it. The mood of the age is to put up with evil, allow it, and then move easily to play with it and finally practice it. Tolerance is a pet word these days, and we stretch our consciences while we “broaden” our minds. But the Word of God tells us that the fear of the Lord is to hate evil and that we are to abstain from the very appearance of evil. There is no leniency toward sin whatever in that. Nothing is more dangerous to our spiritual well-being than a mild amiability that smiles at sin. Some have come to think that there is something noble in a mild attitude toward sin. Compassion on the sinful is one thing, but never confuse it with tolerance of evil. We have sunk to an acceptance of that toward which God counsels abhorrence and behold the harvest!
A holy, healthy hatred of sin and indignation at evil is our crying need today, because we fear not God – and the fear of the Lord is to hate evil.