A disciple requests leave to bury his father. Jesus’ response: “Let the dead bury their dead.” Free men do not compromise, cannot be partialized, carry no obligations. “In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to be running away.”
Facts don’t fight with one another; they don’t contradict or reverse themselves. Facts do not want or fear anything. Facts don’t wobble, compromise, defend themselves or make allowances. Falsehoods are shape-shifters. They’re in continual conflict.
Jesus said it was a disaster-in-the-making to put new wine into old wineskins. Wine in the New Testament is a metaphor for life. By co-mingling new and old, we produce a negative result. The new man is an old man relinquished, not an old man added to.
Whatever you do, do it with your whole heart. Are you on the drunk-and-dissolute path? Do that with everything you’ve got. Are you committed to awakening? Allow no one to deter, deflect or dissuade you. The key thing is not to hop from one path to another, to mix things up. Disaster that way lies.
“One thing I have desired of the Lord; that will I seek after” Psalm 27
You cannot seek after two things and expect to get either one of them. Seeking after two things is a recipe for disaster. Or a life of spectatorship.
Bad thing, good thing—it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that it’s one thing.
Is it a bad thing? Run after it with your whole heart. Sin boldly, as they say, out in the open. Is it a good thing? Same rules.
Just be careful you don’t mix them up. Everyone knows how unstable wet dynamite is.