These are meant to be two polar opposite words.
Sadly is the truth and the reality that compromise and The Christian are fast becoming homologous, synonymous, one and the same…
To clear the air and ensure we’re all on the same page, I’ll go into a little bit of definition. According to the English dictionary,
Compromise (Noun) can mean;
- The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.
- A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender. The expedient acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable.
E.g, a compromise of character or right
For clarity sake, I’m referring to the second definition of compromise in this post.
I believe everyone has or should have a value system. A set of principles, core values, which basically serve as a guide for your life. Having personal standards is good, however, as Christians, our belief system should primarily be set on the principles in God’s word. That should be our guiding light in navigating our way through life’s path.
We find Christians compromising left, right and center.
Doing all sorts, not knowing where to draw the line or place a firm foot on their values…
We find ourselves continuously bending over for the world, a little more each time, until it gets to a point the lines that demarcate the church from the world are blurred out, there’s almost no difference.
Sad and hurtful,
I wonder what happened,
Wonder when compromising became a norm,
When it became something we’re okay with.
But alas, it didn’t just start, there’s been a gradual decline in sense of self, principles and identity to the world.
The urge to compromise so deep, even the strong in faith are falling victim.
Indeed it is folly to trust in self the Bible says (paraphrased), of a truth we can’t live holy and righteous of our own strength, no it’s just too impossible, we are but flesh, and the flesh is weak. Constantly at war with our spirit and antagonizing the things of God.
There lies the problem then, we aren’t relying on His Spirit as much as we should, we are so distracted by the world around us, our time consumed, we can’t ever seem to get our priorities straight, to focus on that which is eternal. That which benefits the soul.
My heart bleeds for the Christians of my generation, I am not an exception. I’m not trying to play the “holier than thou” card. For I myself, have been but a victim to my flesh over and over again, consequently living short of the victory I already possess in Christ.
So like a mantra, I say this to myself:
I can’t loose in the battle for my soul, I can’t give in, I must be strong to finish my race through Him that gives me strength.
I choose to not have my moral compass smeared and tainted by the world. Abiding instead by the standards of God’s word.
“For the race is not to the swift, neither the battle for the strong”.
“I will place my body under subjection to the dictates and bidding of the spirit” (paraphrased)
“… I will hide his words in my heart and meditate on them daily, that I do not sin against you”
Confession is a radical reliance upon grace
– Max Lucado
Having known that the arm of flesh is prone to fail and that we really cannot do it on our own, certainly not by sheer willpower. It just isn’t enough. A higher power is needed. For we need help beyond ourselves, and that help is something that we need daily.
Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].
Hebrews 4:16 AMP
Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
Hebrews 4:14-16 MSG
He’s shown us the way, shown us the life. Proven to us that it’s possible and guess what the best part is? He’s readily available to help. He’s very much interested in your success.
“You can count on success when you allow My Spirit to do your work.” Zechariah 4:6 (paraphrased).
I believe in Him who has made us more than conquerors, who has called us to a life of godliness and assures us of victory. Confident in the one who loved us while we were yet unlovely.
Do you believe?
Love and Grace,
© Zizi 2019