I love old westerns. If you’ve been a reader for a while, you probably already know that. I grew up in the day when westerns were the big thing.
I still watch them. I don’t like much of what is on network television, so I watch the oldies (Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, There’s Company, Andy Griffith, and others) on the cable networks. On one of the western networks, there’s a commercial of clips for many of the series and movies they air.
There’s a clip in it I love. It’s from the movie Young Billy Young. In part, one cowboy says to another…
“There’s only two sides of the street in this town. If you’re smart, you’ll walk on the right one.”
I love that! And gotta love those God-inspired-light-bulb moments.
Two sides of the street: the good and the wrong. One side in the light; one side in the dark. Just like the image above. Romans 12:9b in The Living Bible says, “Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.” Yes, stand on that good side of the street.
And this is such a fitting (and fun) verse for this post, “…don’t hang out at Sin Saloon…don’t slink along Dead-End Road.” (Ps. 1:1 MSG) LOL I love that!
Watch where you hang out! Avoid that street of enticement and those swinging doors of opportunity on the dark side of the street. Stay away from those places and things that you know will lead you down that dirty road of the enemy.
The same Psalm 1:1 verse in the Voice translation says, “God’s blessings follow you and await you at every turn…when you avoid sin’s highway.”
Good pours out of the doors on the good side of the street. Goodness and mercy and blessings will follow you all the days of your life when you walk on that good side.
And the street in the middle? It’s the warning area. Warning us not to cross the street from the good side to the wrong side.
The middle held the dirt. Where everything got trampled upon. Where it was sometimes full of mud and one could lose his footing and fall and where it was full of stuff no one wanted to step in. And where shootouts occurred.
Crossing that street, that spiritual line of sin, can be messy and dangerous. “Look carefully then how you walk!” (Eph. 5:15 AMPC)
As I mentioned at the beginning, the quote was in part. Here’s the total quote:
“There’s only two sides of the street in this town. If you’re smart, you’ll walk on the right one. You follow me?” Love that. Of course, it meant something different in the movie. But if we turn it around and think of it spiritually…
Jesus says, “Will you follow Me down the good side of the street?”
Yes, I will. Will you? If so, may God’s blessings follow you!