The poet, Robert Frost, recognized the value of the road less traveled in his poem, The Road Not Taken. He chose that one, he said, and it made all the difference. The notion that we cannot “travel both and be one traveler” is a principle of loyalty that needs to be re-learned in every generation. Too often, one is called upon to defend obvious truths to those who ought to know better.
Jesus stated, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). It is so obvious that the angst many Christians express toward the truth is, in reality, rebellion. It is not that God’s commandments are too hard (1 John 5:3). It is not that we are incapable of responding to God (1 Peter 3:15). The diversion is a broad, well-traveled road singing with sin’s sirens. Most Christians know they should be on another path but, instead of changing paths, find it easier to defend a miserable, guilt-ridden life, pretending follow Jesus down that less-traveled road.
Jesus said: “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matthew 12:30). Serving self is not just a benign, harmless neglect of righteousness; it is also active opposition to God. One cannot follow the wrong path without consequences that condemn self and negatively influence others (Exodus 34:7).
The remedy for rebellion is honesty and submission. Honesty will come to grips with the reality of personal sin (Romans 3:23). Submission will concede sin’s only solution: Jesus Christ (1 John 1:9). Let us stay on the road less traveled.