Greetings precious people, I hope that you are doing well and enjoying the Goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ. In todayís article I would like us to look at a subject that we are all familiar with, it is that of compromise. Most of us are confronted with compromise on a daily basis and some, many times a day. Websterís Dictionary defines compromise as: a settlement in which each side gives up some demands or makes concessions; an adjustment of opposing principles in which part of each is given up; something midway between different things; a laying open to danger, suspicion, or disrepute, as a compromise of oneís good name.
As you can see from the varied definitions, compromise can be either a good thing or bad, depending on who and what is involved. It can be a good thing in relationships whether they are that of a marriage, friendship, business partnership, or other type of relationship where a stalemate has occurred in making a decision between parties.
Let me qualify this. One of the biggest problems when it comes to relationships is our unwillingness to have things any other way but our own. Because of our fallen sinful nature, we want things our way and in our time. This is also known as selfishness and stubbornness. When two or more people get together and are determined to have things their own way, there is nothing but trouble in store for all involved. When there is a willingness to compromise (give up some of our rights, or what we perceive to be so) for the good of the other and all involved without going against Godís Word, the Bible, compromise is a good thing.
Unfortunately, this is seldom the case when compromise occurs. Compromise usually occurs in our society at the expense of many while advancing the cause of a few. For example, product quality has been greatly compromised for the sake of larger profits of the stockholders (a few) while the consumer (many) suffer. Think of the number of automobile manufacturers and tire companies that have had lawsuits brought against them because of money saving compromises they have made endangering the lives of their customers.
Many compromises are made daily by our government officials who are supposed to be looking out for the good of the people (you and I), but instead are many times only looking out for themselves or a select few. Consider our current debt of our state and all the other states, how through compromise mixed with greed, we find ourselves billions of dollars in debt. What business, company, or family household could continue to function when in such a state of indebtedness and not be forced to close down or declare bankruptcy? Yet our government continues to push forward, making more and more compromises (concessions for it) while the general population suffers.
All too often the Word of God is compromised in society and churches alike, as well as those that call themselves Christians, so as not to offend any. It is against the law in many forums to speak the truth of Godís Word, for it may be construed as a hate crime. Among many that consider themselves to be churches, the compromise of Godís Word has come in the form of not only acknowledging and condoning various behaviors spoken of as abominations in Godís Word, but now they are affirming these sinful acts. Adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and covetousness, which are idolatry (to name but a few), are now widely accepted in many churches. There are a growing number of churches that have homosexuals and lesbians as pastors, elders, and leaders overseeing the functions of these churches.
There are many examples of compromise in the Bible. King David compromised on at least two occasions, which we know of, both for his own gratification. Once was his adultery with Bathsheba, the other was the numbering of the people. God forbade both, yet David compromised what he knew was right so he could satisfy himself. Both acts of compromise cost him and many others dearly.
Another instance of compromise is found in the life of another king, his name was Jehoshaphat, he was the king of Judah and for the most part was a pretty good king. Yet like all of us, he made a few compromises in his life, which seemed to be good at the moment but would end up costing him dearly. We read of these in the following portions of Scripture.
In 2 Chronicles 18:1-3, we read of one of his compromises. "Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and by marriage he allied himself with Ahab. After some years he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria; and Ahab killed sheep and oxen in abundance for him and the people who were with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead. So Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, "Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?" And he answered him, "I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will be with you in the war."
Here we see Jehoshaphat allying himself with Ahab, the King of the northern part of Israel. Ahab was an extremely wicked king who led his people into all forms of idol worship. Yet for the sake of gain, Jehoshaphat hooked up with Ahab.
In 2 Chronicles 19:1-2, we read of God reproving Jehoshaphat for his compromise. "Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned safely to his house in Jerusalem. And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Therefore the wrath of the LORD is upon you." Can this question be asked of us as well in our daily dealings of life?
Then in 2 Chronicles 20:35-37, Jehoshaphat once again compromising for the sake of gain. "After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly. And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, "Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the LORD has destroyed your works." Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish."
As a child of God, we are never to make ourselves allies with the wicked; no matter how innocent or how much "good" may come of it. Instead, Godís Word, the Bible, clearly tells us what we should do. In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people." Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty." And in Ephesians 5:11-12, we are admonished to "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret."
Dear ones, if there is any compromise in your life in regards to God and His Word, I implore you to stop compromising and repent now. Your compromise now may "seem" like a good thing, even like the only solution to your situation. But, at best it is only temporary with tragic results somewhere down the road of life. Compromising the Word of God in your life is never the answer, it only leads to pain and sorrow. God always honors the uncompromising obedience of His children. He will take care of the effects of your uncompromising obedience, you can rest in Him.
If you are not a child of God, I encourage you to become one today. The Bible tells us that if we will agree with Godís assessment of ourselves (we are sinners by nature, incapable of saving ourselves), repent (have a change of heart and mind toward our sin), and turn to faith in Jesus Christ, we can and will be saved, thus being adopted into Godís family.
May the Lord bless and keep you dearly beloved.
If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine