The solitary path led to the King’s waiting room, a place the impatient Princess did not want to stay in. A year had passed since the Princess had found herself alone, and she wanted some male companionship.
Often faithless, the Princess did not trust the King’s promise that He would choose her future husband, instead she wanted to be the one in control.
It was at this time a bright and confident man she named Liang came into her life. His parents had come from China before he was born, so he was of a different race from the Princess, even though they were from the same nation. She liked his pleasant manner, and the intelligence that shone from his dark eyes.
The Princess did not care about his skin colour, what mattered to her was his faith. Although the Princess did not always keep faith with the King, she respected His command not to be yoked together with an unbeliever.
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what partnership has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
The day after she met him, she asked “The man I choose must be a follower of the King. Do you know the Lord?” Liang answered “I know about Him. I am open to Him.” She thought it sounded positive, and liking him, decided to give him a chance.
Liang already knew Princess Kate, and soon joined the circle of friends, attending their weekly gathering before the King. He was happy enough being in their company as they followed the King, even asking the King in their presence to guide in the relationship with the Princess.
That night after everyone except White Flower had gone home, her brother the Bright One stayed and talked with Liang. He told Liang that to be with him, the Princess had gone out on a limb, and that what he liked about her could not be reciprocated from his place outside the Kingdom.
Liang had spent all of his adult life choosing the fellowship of Christians, but had not made a commitment to the King.
The Bright One discerned this and warned Liang that a non-committal response was regarded by the King as a refusal. This bothered Liang. He went away and thought about it.
The King wanted either a “yes” or “no” decision. When confronted with a lukewarm response the King has said; “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16