1. If I were to now place some riches in front of you and ask you to choose freely, knowing that I would not condemn you, then most would choose the riches and forsake the truth. The better among you would give up the riches and reluctantly choose the truth, while those in between would seize the riches in one hand and the truth in the other. In this way, your true colors would be self-evident. When choosing between the truth and anything to which you are loyal, you will all make such a decision, and your attitude will remain the same. Are there not many among you who fluctuated between right and wrong? In contests between positive and negative, black and white, you are surely aware of the choices that you made between family and God, children and God, peace and disruption, riches and poverty, status and commonness, being supported and being cast aside….
2. Between a peaceful family and a broken one, you chose the former, and without any hesitation; between riches and duty, you again chose the former, even lacking the will to return to shore; between luxury and poverty, you chose the former; between sons, daughters, wives, husbands, and God, you chose the former; and between notion and truth, you once again chose the former. Faced with all manner of your evil deeds, God has nothing short of lost His faith in you. God is absolutely astounded that your hearts are so resistant to being softened.
3. Many years of dedication and effort has apparently brought God only resignation and your despair of Him. Yet God’s hopes for you grow with each passing day, for God’s day has already been completely laid out before man. However, you continue to seek that which belongs to the darkness and evil, and refuse to loosen your hold. As such, what will be your outcome? Have you given careful thought to this before? If you were asked to choose again, what then would be your position? Would it be the former still? Would what you give God still be disappointment and wretched sorrow? Would your hearts still be the sole bit of warmth? Would you still be unaware of what to do to comfort God’s heart?
from “To Whom Are You Loyal?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh