James 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
Have you ever seen a chameleon? It is amazing how quickly their appearance can change based on their environment! Sadly, some believers are that way as well. Although God created the chameleon to blend into their surroundings, that is not how He wants His children to be.
Chameleon Christians seek to be like the people they are with at the moment. If they are in a “Christian” setting, they talk like a Christian, dress like a Christian, act like a Christian. They know what is expected and they conform. But in a worldly setting, they talk like the world, dress like the world, and act like the world. They seek to always “fit in” so that they are never forced to stand out and be different.
God has always wanted His people to make a choice. He wants those who belong to Him to clearly decide and declare our allegiance to Him – not just verbally, but in every aspect of our lives. Joshua challenged the children of Israel with this as they conquered the land of Canaan. He told them to choose who they would serve – their old gods or the one, true God. He then announced that no matter what they decided, he had already made his choice, “…As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15) With or without them, Joshua was going to serve God.
The problem with “Chameleon Christians” is that they are double-minded. They want to please the Lord and themselves. They want to love the Lord and the world. They want to serve their flesh and the Spirit. Their unwillingness to completely surrender their minds and wills to Christ creates instability in every area of their lives. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8)
There is no doubt that it is difficult to stand as a Christian when others oppose or mock us for our love for God, especially when those who are mocking us claim to be Christians. It is tempting to just “blend in”. Young people often face this temptation; but frankly, so do many older people. It is tempting to be just worldly enough to blend in with the world, and just “churchy” enough to fit in at church. Chameleon Christians don’t want to be uncomfortable, or to make anyone else uncomfortable.
When our decisions on whether to follow Christ or not are based on our comfort, those decisions will always end in conformity to the world. That is not God’s will for us as His children. We are told to “be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds…” (Rom. 12:2)
Salvation is a free gift, but discipleship – genuinely seeking to follow Christ – is costly. (Lk. 14:25-35; Jn. 12:24-26; 15:17-21; I Jn. 3:13). It is also rewarding, but most of those rewards are coming in the future, and require both faith and faithfulness. If we choose to live based on the immediate, we will do so at the expense of the eternal.
I challenge you – don’t be a chameleon as a Christian! Don’t be double-minded. Decide today who you will serve. If you choose to serve the Lord, serve Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. Don’t make your decision based on those who are around you. Make that decision based on the One who is worthy of all your love and all your loyalty.
“Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” (I Sam. 12:24)
Mrs. Niki Lott
Christian Mother, Author, composer, and pastor’s wife