Double trouble or single-mindedness?

My grandchildren and I enjoy reading a book called Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements. It uses lots of phrases that play on the sing-songy name of the town of Walla Walla (in the northwestern United States), such as “wishy washy,” “topsy turvy,” and “namby pamby.”

It struck me recently how often human language uses such dual terms to describe double-mindedness. They perfectly account for the erratic indecisiveness mentioned in the Bible’s book of James: “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Also: “He that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:8, 6, 7).

Turkey tracks and seeking God
December 30, 2013

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