COLUMN: Faith at the crossroads- a Christian’s quandary 

As we traverse the paths of life, certain moments can bring us into confrontation with quandaries that challenge the very core of our spiritual beliefs.  

It is in these moments of profound introspection that we find ourselves at a crossroads. We’re torn between continuing our connection with something or staying true to our Christian faith. True to our commitment made to the one who loved us most of all – to the one who loves us most of all.

Today, we delve into the journey of a Christian grappling with such a predicament, where Ephesians 5:11 and Romans 12:2 become beacons of contemplation. 

For decades, this individual has been an active member and leader within a particular organization. The association holds sentimental value, having provided a nurturing community, lifelong friendships and opportunities for personal growth. However, recent developments have unveiled aspects that raise concerns, placing her in a state of moral uncertainty.  

Ephesians 5:11 reminds us of our duty to “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” This verse resonates deeply within the Christian’s conscience, stirring a desire to discern whether her continued involvement with the group aligns with her vow to follow Christ. She ponders the possibility of fulfilling her duty by confronting the issues within this cherished circle, with the hope of bringing positive change from within. 

On the other hand, Romans 12:2 encourages believers to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” This verse echoes in her brain, urging her to seek insight and rejuvenation in her decision-making. Should she choose to separate herself from the organization, it may be an opportunity to prioritize her spiritual growth and pursue fellowship in an environment that more closely conforms to her Christian values. 

This person realizes she’s in a delicate balance, torn between cherished memories and the potential compromise of her faith. Not to mention the possibility of sacrificing numerous hopes of things to come. She yearns for guidance, for a path that allows her to remain steadfast in her Christian convictions while honoring the love and dedication she holds for the organization.

In times like these, it is vital to seek solace in prayer, reflecting on Proverbs 3:5-6, which encourages us to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding. Through prayer, this Christian can pursue wisdom to perceive the route that’s in harmony with her faith, knowing that God will guide her steps. While the decision may not be easy, it is essential to bear in mind that faith requires courage. It demands that we remain resolute in our beliefs, even when faced with daunting possibilities. Accepting counsel from trusted spiritual mentors is crucial, where thoughtful discussions can allow for a comprehensive exploration of the situation.  

Ultimately, this person’s conclusion will depend on her convictions, prayerful discernment and seeking God’s direction. Whether she chooses to confront the issues within the association or embarks on a new journey of fellowship, the result should be anchored in unwavering faith and a deep commitment to living a life that honors the Father.  

Christians will inevitably encounter difficulties that challenge their spiritual standards. In such moments, we must remember that faith is not stagnant, but rather a living, evolving voyage. By seeking wisdom, trusting in God’s guidance and grounding our decisions in scripture, we can navigate the complex course of our existence while standing firm on Christian principles.   

May the Lord bless and guide those who find themselves at the crossroads of their faith, providing them with the strength to make choices that exalt him.  

Sallie Rose Hollis lives in Ruston and retired from Louisiana Tech as an associate professor of journalism and the assistant director of the News Bureau. She can be contacted at