“either you’re with me or agin me”

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
Dante Alighieri

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Bishop Desmond Tutu

The power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all.
Origen

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(the waning of summer’s bounty is found fading in a golden afternoon of Autumn / Cades Cove, TN, The Great Smokey Mountains National Park / Julie Cook / 2015)

Shades of a looming rivalry,a rift, a fight, a battle…a demand for decisions, choices, side choosing…

With or against
Either / Or

An expression that has found it’s way through literature, the movies, even political speeches.
A declaration of sides, choices and determination…

With or against

The end result, the outcome, the ultimate decision of choice…most often unbeknownst to the chooser… hinges precariously between life and death.

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Matthew 12:30

10 comments on ““either you’re with me or agin me”

  1. Kentucky Angel says:

    This photo is amazing Julie, as were your photos yesterday. I’ve been to Smokey Mtn. Nat’l Park and found that every inch is a whole new Kodak moment.
    The entire post is perfect for today. and it makes this glorious Sunday even better for me. Thank you, A.

    • thanks Angie–we’ve not seen the sun in weeks–socked in with a stream up out of the gulf for weeks now bringing grey rains—at least the temps are finally feeling like Fall today!!! The hot humid business was for the birds—they say sun maybe by Wednesday….
      Happy Sunday!!

      • Kentucky Angel says:

        Ick! We had that earlier in the week, so I share the feeling. It’s been sunny all day today here, but our elevator keeps breaking down and we can’t get out of the building. Or, if we do get out, we might not get back home. At least I get some good photos from my window here. Loving the color changes.

  2. Love the photo and the post. Really, we are faced with decisions and choices of some king everyday. But regardless of any other choice that comes before us the only one that really matters is: Are we going to follow Jesus and accept His gracious offer of salvation or not? And I think it is one we should conscientously make every day. Not saying I’m good about doing that but it really is at the crux of the matter of life. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  3. Jenna Dee says:

    An interesting post Julie. I’m not sure I see it as definite as you do. Doesn’t Matthew 12:30 set people against other people unless they agree? Isn’t it similar to the problems we have in the world today with one country against another or one religion against another? Love to you from Jenna

    • well hello my little down-under friend 🙂
      I think my take on the post was all within the idea of choosing—-the choosing to follow or not to follow. And with the choosing, to follow that is, comes that whole either you’re in or you’re out—none of that foot dragging, fence riding that we / me always seem so good at—and then if we do so choose to follow–that is when we are set apart from the world with the whole” your either with me or against me”—as we can’t be both in this world and a part of His at the same time—
      so that’s just my take—we are set apart when we choose to follow Christ as we are marked as His and therefore no longer a part of “the world”
      So you’re right— much of our present day turmoil is based on the choice of path we each decide to follow—with some of those paths being much more volatile, radical and steeped in tyranny and oppression—
      I think Jenna that I am seeing, from a Christian standpoint, a time in our world where we are going to have to make a decision and commitment of following. We can choose the world’s way or we can choose God’s way– I think, and this is just my observation and reflection, that even within the Christian faith, there are many who continue “serving” the world and all of its alluring ways…not truly following in Christ’s footsteps—all though they may think that they are—
      there is a lot of introspection and looking deep within self to really glean if one’s heart is truly set on God’s path, or actually on our own little paths—it’s harder and harder for the average person to truly discern the difference as so many lines have become blurred. We seem to think that if everyone is happy and doing his or her own thing, then that’s what it’s all about—but it’s not about our individual “happiness and contentment”—He asks a tremendous amount–as in all of us..mind, body and soul–not a little bit here and a little bit there—and that’s what’s so hard because we don’t want to give Him everything—it’s a constant struggle–but one that keeps our eyes focused more on Him and less on us—and I see a time coming very quickly that we won’t have the luxury of time to hem and haw but will have to jump in with both feet totally committed or …simply not, ever—
      More than what you probably wanted in a reply, but it’s just me and my feelings on it all—as I walk my journey with Him…
      love and hugs from your up-under friend 🙂

      • Jenna Dee says:

        Thank you for your detailed response Julie. I love a discussion. At first I thought I shouldn’t post my comment but I knew you wouldn’t be upset by another opinion and would have a thoughtful reply. I am someone trying to live a responsible and respectful life. I haven’t the commitment for Christianity and don’t follow other beliefs. Your post highlighted that I am alone in this confusing world. Love always Jenna

      • Heavens Jenna—never feel as if you can’t say something here or to me—Just know that I simply try to state and share my faith as honestly as I can as it is such a important component as to who I am–I’m not a bible thumping Christian who can pull scripture out of the air in order to espouse a point or thought—I just simply and only can speak of my relationship with God as my Father, Christ as my Savior, and the the Spirit as my Guide…along with that of my life’s ups and down with that relationship and on this lifelong journey-….and I hope you meant to say in your sentence “…highlighted that I am alone…”
        that you actually meant to type NOT alone–as you are certainly not alone!!
        I’ve never claimed that I have all of life’s answer in my choosing to believe in God and to claim Jesus as Savior—if anything, it seems to create only more questions—but I have learned that I am finite where He is infinite—I’ve always said that I am the created and not the Creator—therefore I won’t necessarily ever have those answers ever—those hard hard answers—but I do know that this is a fallen world and bad stuff sadly happens to good people and average people, young and old all the time—God is not a puppet master controlling the strings—we have freewill and that freewill has all sorts of consequences and ramifications for ourselves and for those all around us.
        I just know that I have been rescued from myself, if you will, by God’s Grace—which doesn’t mean I’m perfect and now on some holy road—I am still human, fallible, broken, and possessing that freewill that doesn’t always think before acting or speaking 🙂
        A work in progress—that’s me 🙂
        But one who has chosen to be a follower of Christ and therefore working toward His admonition as one who picks up their cross to follow—
        Hugs to you and know—you’re are not alone at all in this life’s quest—
        Julie

      • Fabulous response to Jenna my friend. This is so true of both of us! Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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