We mentioned last week one of the most common types of faith from those who claim to be Christians. We’ll end this series with another just about as common. Fickle faith.

A faith that is fickle is one that changes as often as the tide. Back and forth, to and fro with their only loyalty based on what makes them happy or removes hardship at the moment.

“What have you done for me lately?” is the mantra of such a person. Someone with fickle faith runs the risk of, and frequently does, minimize faith as if it is a thing to be trifled. The Israelites were guilty of this in 1 Kings 18: 21

“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.“

This was said by Elijah before he challenges the prophets of Baal. Interesting how he says “falter between two opinions” that’s really what it is. Stumbling between the two, unwilling to commit

The Israelites should have known better. They, better than anyone, had a relationship with our almighty Creator and yet they they’d want to serve idols and ask God to save them when things go wrong.

Sound familiar?

Jesus puts it in a similar way. Matthew 6: 22-24.

 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

You can’t have a lamp both light and un-light the same space at the same time and that cognitive dissonance plagues so many today.

It would be as if you were married and you frequently went from faithful to your spouse then you turned around and cheated. Repeatedly. For long periods of time. It’s a form of spiritual adultery. This is exactly how God, through Ezekiel told Israel how they were acting. Ezekiel 16: 14-16

 Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord God.

“But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it.  You took some of your garments and adorned multicolored high places for yourself, and played the harlot on them. Such things should not happen, nor be.

And so is true today. There should be no such thing as a part time husband or wife, nor should there be a part time Christian.

A fickle marriage will not work, neither will a fickle faith save.