The Danger of Compromise
Romans 12:2, Proverbs 1:10-19
God said to Joshua, “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.” Joshua 1:7. To deviate, shift ground, conform, permit what God disallows, to change opinion, standard or belief is to compromise, and it could be dangerous.
Compromise prevented Moses from entering the promised land: he was supposed to speak to the rock, but he struck it twice in anger; Achan compromised himself by taking the accursed thing, himself and his family died. Joseph, on the other hand, refused to compromise by sleeping with Potiphar’s wife even though she tried every day to make him; Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself with the king’s meat; and Job refused to curse God in time of great pain and grief as his wife advised.
There are different reasons why people compromise: fear, pressure, greed, pain and discouragement, societal trends and norms, to please others, love of money, enticements and lusts.
As children of God, we are not to compromise ourselves with the things and people of this world. Ephesians 5:6-11 says, “Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”
May we not compromise in Jesus name. Amen.