Christians Need to Take a Long Look Inside To See What The Cost of Compromise Really Is
As the world begins to crumble around us there will always be a tremendous temptation to compromise. We think such things as: "Keep your mouth shut. Don't create waves. Don't fight back against tyranny. Be very careful now knowing that they are reading your emails. They are listening to your phone conversations. They're tracking your Internet stops. Be careful! Be wary! Be scared!"
Keep silent about your Christianity. No one wants to hear about Christ anymore. Just keep it to yourself and stay out of trouble. Is that our thinking when it comes to the Lord? When you see an injustice, you think, "what can I really do anyway? What difference does it make if I verbalize my frustration or disapproval or even my anger?"
All of this may seem like good self preservation inside of your own head. After all, we don't want any trouble. And we don't want to make life any more difficult for ourselves by voicing our discontent.
But I want to tell what God told me when I began to have all of those self-talk doubts inside of my own head: "Do you love me? Are you proud of me and what I've done in your heart? Why are you willing to remain silent when the world tramples on me? Just because you're afraid that you are imperfect doesn't give you the right to sit back and watch what's going on in the world with a closed mouth. Will you stand up for me or not?"
The Apostle Paul said, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile." (Romans 1:16 NIV).
Are you ashamed? If you are afraid of being persecuted for the Lord, it just may be that you are really ashamed of the Lord and what he requires of you. If you are unwilling to stand up for Christ, he says you are unworthy of him. "Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it." (Matthew 10:38-39 NIV).
Believe me, like so many people in the world, it is easy to cower because of all the threats being made by the unjust rulers and the aggressive tyranny of despotic people who want to silence all opposition in any way they can. God made it very plain to me in my prayer time: If you compromise now, when will you ever let me shore up your backbone so that you can stand with me?
There is always some good reason why you cannot be honest and tell
the truth. But a false peace and security are often the enemy of the truth.
And certainly, truth dies when
good men cringe in the shadows.
I have spent way too much of my life cursing against the darkness and not nearly enough of it letting the fire of God inside of my own head shine out. It must first start with me and my own commitment to the Lord. I had to take a long look into my own heart to see what was really there.
are you really at? How willing are you to take the fight to the enemy? We
need to take the fight into Satan's camp and let it burn there.
If you enjoy watching movies where the little guy, the underdog, or the unlikely hero rises to the occasion because no one else will do it, you should picture yourself becoming that person. Let God use you in his own spiritual real life drama, because he wants to empower you to fight evil.
Just imagine what would happen if every true Christian in our world suddenly stopped and cried out, "Enough! As for me and my house, we will live for the Lord!" What would happen in the world? It could easily turn the tide of all this evil that is being unleashed upon humanity and even hold off the destruction of our world a little longer.
The price of compromise is just too high for your own spiritual health and well-being — to say nothing of those who still need salvation in this world. Evil is definitely at our doorstep. Our time to stop compromising is NOW. Join me in my anemic efforts to change the world and the world beyond me. Let's help each other make a difference. Ask Christ where he wants YOU to start.