We hear a lot about compromise these days. Compromise is defined as “a settlement of differences by mutual concessions.” In everyday life, we have to make compromises all the time in order to be able to live peaceably. If I am driving to town and someone pulls out in front of me going slower, I have to compromise what I was doing and slow down instead of being selfish, getting angry, impatient, and riding their bumper to try to force them to drive the way that I think they should. If I eat with someone else and the exact preference I have isn’t available, then I compromise what I wanted and order something different because I should make every attempt to live at peace with others and the issues involved are just not that important in the scheme of everything. When one thinks about it, we truly make compromises all the time and this is usually a good and necessary action.
In the political realm, we see compromise on a routine basis for legislation to get passed. Those that compromise the most get the most done. Ronald Reagan is famous for saying that one “can get a lot done when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit” (paraphrase). We generally think of those that compromise favorably because it is usually favorable to be compromising and giving in life. If the end result is still accomplished in a different manner, then the mission still was finished as planned and everyone is happy. This all assumes that no harm, or the least amount of harm, is done, that no existing laws are being broken and is ethical, and that it honors one’s morality.
Compromising when it involves matters of faith is a completely different matter although. If someone can compromise their faith in any manner, then saying that it is their faith is certainly questionable. When it is believed that it is God’s decrees in scripture that must be followed, then compromise necessarily brings a denial of faith in God. This is a serious matter that those who don’t hold to any faith cannot understand for they live a world of relativistic thought on everything. Having the absolutes of scripture is just way too much of a change in thought for many in our day to swallow without choking in repulsion. Christians must not compromise their faith to please those who hold everything relative.
During the presidential election debates last year, Governor Sarah Palin was asked to answer a question regarding homosexual marriage. It was easily detectable that she did not feel comfortable giving an answer that she was okay with “civil unions.” The point that is relevant is that approval was given to homosexual relationships, whether one calls it “marriage” or not. For the Christian who reads and believes the Bible, there is no middle ground: homosexual acts are sinful. Giving approval for this choice of lifestyle is also sinful and against the word of God. Senator Biden looked pointedly at Governor Palin and made that statement that the two actually had no differences on the issue followed by asking her to confirm that. She hesitated very noticeably before agreeing with him. It was a defining moment of compromise where compromise should not have occurred. Whether it made a difference in the election is open to debate, but compromise on matters of sin is certainly not blessed by God. When God’s children compromised with Him and “played the harlot,” they were eventually ruled by those whom God allowed to overcome them. However, this was always temporary until revival occurred! Let us remain true to God’s word in all that we do. There is too much at stake to be concerned with pleasing men when pleasing God is what is important above all. What is it going to take for revival to come to America?