In areas where moral and spiritual values are concerned, neutrality is that twilight zone of irresponsibility which plays directly into the hands of evil.

We hear much of neutrality in nations today. History shows that there have been only a few nations which have remained “neutral” in times of international conflict, and this neutrality has often paid off handsomely in material advantage.

Today neutrality is assuming increasingly ominous proportions, for many who call themselves “neutral” are actually unwilling to commit themselves for or against communism, and in so doing they have left the free world to carry the burden while they themselves reap benefits from both sides.

The basic philosophy of the so-called neutral nations became even clearer during the recent Belgrade conference. At that time these nations were willing to denounce any act of the West which could be interpreted as preparation for defense against Moscow while the renewed nuclear testing by Russia was largely ignored.

A Christian’s primary concern, of course, is not in the realm of international politics. We are subjected daily to the temptation of remaining neutral in the area of spiritual and moral issues. This is a deadly sin.

In the Revelation we read our Lord’s comment to the Laodicean church: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

Many characteristics of the Loadicean church are to be found in the churches of America today and these characteristics are but the elongated shadow of those who comprise her membership.

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