Chloe and Cole are special. Obviously I think they are, or I wouldn't bore you with stories about them week after week. But they're special for another reason: they're hybrids. Half of one thing, half of another, all of neither.
Chloe and Cole are half Georgian, half Texan. They get their Georgian DNA from me. They get their Texan DNA from Amy. With the mixing of the two, Chloe and Cole are something altogether different. They're Georxans.
The mixing together of two different things to create a third has a long and distinguished history, often with successful results. Take, for instance, quill and ink or peanut butter and jelly.
But there is one area in which the mixing of two different things to create a third fails - miserably. It's when we try to mix sin with God and create a life where we can follow him, but still live any old way we want to.
It's when we try to mix what our heavenly father desires for us and what we desire for ourselves. Try as we might, it can't be done.
The Israelites learned this lesson the hard way. Beginning in Numbers 25, they began taking part in the worship of Baal. Baal worship would be a continuous problem for the Israelites.
I guess they figured they could worship Baal and it would be alright as long as they continued to worship God, too. Half God, half Baal. They may not follow God 100 percent, but at least half the time is better than none of the time, right? Wrong.
God makes it very clear that he won't share his people with anyone or anything else (Exodus 20:3-4).
God won't share us because he's a jealous God (Exodus 20:5). That's not necessarily a bad thing. Think about it this way: I'm Chloe and Cole's daddy. I was a part of bringing them into this world. Since their arrival I've loved them, provided for them, given up of myself for them.
How do you think I'd feel if we went to town one day and they ran up to a total stranger and started calling him "Daddy"? I wouldn't like it. I'm their father, not him. I don't want to share them with anyone else. God doesn't want to share you, either.
Are you living a hybrid life? Are you living half of your life trying to please God and half of it continuing to engage in sinful practices? Then remember this: Half & Half is a creamer. A hybrid is a type of car. Neither of them is an adequate description of how Christians ought to live.
Parrish Myers is pastor of Pine Crest Baptist Church in Gainesville. His column runs every other week in Sunday Life.