2020 provided “expectational opportunities” to comprise – especially as a christian. (catch the sarcasm?)
The Cambridge dictionary defines compromise :
to accept that you will reduce your demands or change your opinion in order to reach an agreement with someone…
reduce your demands…
Let’s be honest, it’s way easier to obey God’s commandments if we (literally) lived on another planet. It would be easier to obey God’s principles if we removed ourselves from this world, its trends and evil influences – however that not what Christians, that is followers of Christ do.
Remember that the word of God calls us ‘salt of the earth’. See this scripture below ? It can be found in Matthew 5:13
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”
As ‘Christians’, if we decide to segregate ourselves from society, making no impact, sharing the gospel, testifying to God’s goodness… then we also ‘remove’ the influence of Christ from the world. Jesus calls us to go out into the world and take the Gospel (John 17:14-18), and that we must do.
Most times compromising as a Christian may not seem a big-a-deal if you aren’t solely reliant on the Holy Spirit.
Do you know why?
It’s because sometimes we think God’s way is “too hard” or “too boring” or just “too weird” compared to the world – so we choose another path. Our path, the world’s path.
Tony Evans said:
“Compromise is the cancer of the church, and we must rid Christ’s body of it. While Christians can compromise on preferences, they cannot compromise on principles. We can’t be one way on Sunday and another on Monday. This is a major problem among Christians in America today. We don’t take a stand. We don’t keep our standards. We merely shift to satisfy society.”
SIN IS SIN
Even though we are christians that have been redeemed, we are all still very much vulnerable to sinning. Yes, we’re all “only human” and susceptible to sinning, but the truth is that by God’s grace we are given the power to say “no” to sin – to refuse anything that grieves the Holy Spirit.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to this culture, this world that you fit into it without even thinking – without even trying. Instead, fix your attention on Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2 NIV
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what God wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.