COMPROMISE – right or wrong?

As every happily married couple will testify, there must needs be a lot of give and take in marriage: a lot of compromise. Many workplace problems are solved with a happy compromise. Many political decisions and even International situations are solved by a happy compromise.

But are there occasions when compromise is wrong? 
Is compromise sometimes one sided?

Let me start with a little make-believe story:
A hunter was out stalking bear. He came across a large bear, raised his rifle and took careful aim. He couldn’t miss and with his equipment, he was sure of victory.

As he was about to pull the trigger the bear saw him, and spoke in a soft, soothing voice “Just a minute. Isn’t it better to talk than to shoot? What do you want? Surely we can negotiate. Let’s sit for a while and talk it over.”  The hunter lowered his rifle and replied, “Well, all I want is a fur coat to keep me warm” The bear responded, “That is a reasonable and negotiable request. I only want a feed. Let us sit down and work out a compromise.”

So they sat down to negotiate and after a time the bear walked away alone.
The compromise had been successful.
The bear had a full stomach and the hunter was wearing a fur coat.

The fact is that compromise isn’t always of equal benefit to each party and often causes harm. So when should we refuse to compromise?

We hear a lot about being “tolerant” and “accepting”
The world today is shouting this at us from all directions.  The government tells us we have to discard our Christian traditions because our newcomer Moslems are offended by them.  We have to accept that all religions are equal and all beliefs will lead to God; that life after death is whatever you choose to believe.
Yes, we have to accept all newcomers to our nation as equal citizens, but we do NOT have to compromise our principles.

Of course we need to be tolerant, but will tolerating bad behaviour in a child lead to his becoming a good citizen or a future vandal or criminal? Will tolerating “soft” drugs lead to a wholesome lifestyle, or will it lead to drug abuse, drug pushing and death?  Will tolerating bullying in school lead the bully to become a good father or will it lead to a life of crime, or to becoming a wife beater and child abuser?

Today we hear much of “moderation in all things”
We are told to compromise because a little bit of anything won’t hurt: just don’t let it go too far. That philosophy has lead many on the path of drunkenness, drugs, sexual promiscuity, wife-beating, child abuse, violence, vandalism – you name it. Many will try to convince us that while purity might be desirable it can be taken too far; or while truth is desired “white” lies are necessary; or that error shouldn’t be denounced because people have rights to live as they please.

We hear a lot about “rights”
I believe in individual rights. I believe each person has a right to live (and die) by their own perception of life. That doesn’t necessarily make their perception right, but they have that right, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else or involve an action against the law. Abortion (murdering an unborn child) is a case in point.

We all like to please others – our partner, friend, boss, co-workers, etc. but there will often be times of dilemma when we cannot please all concerned, or even one individual while maintaining our integrity.

Sometimes compromise is wrong.
Sometimes it is one sided. 
What standard will you use for your decision?

My conclusion:
If compromise causes harm to anyone, then for me compromise is wrong.
If compromising my ideals, morals and ethics is involved, then for me compromise is wrong.

So what standard do I use?
I use the Word of God which I believe to be nothing less than the actual Word of God breathed into human writers. Other people may have different standards, but FOR ME there can be NO COMPROMISE with HIS standards.

The living God of the Bible insists that He alone is God. There is no other God besides Him. To modern ears, this may sound intolerant, or even arrogant. It certainly conflicts with modernism, which claims that more or less everyone and everything can be god: that we can choose our own.

God leaves no room for compromise. He alone is God.

 Isaiah 45:18 
For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God,
who formed the earth and made it, who has established it,
who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited:
“I am the Lord and there is no other”

Isaiah 45:22
Look to Me and be saved. For I am God, and there is no other”

Acts 4:12
Nor is there salvation in any other,
for there is no other name under heaven, given among men,
by which we must be saved

John 14:6
Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
NO ONE comes to the Father, except through ME.

I have known, loved and served this God, through the Lord Jesus Christ, for 54 of my 76 years. I have experienced the REALITY of His presence in my life. For me there can be NO COMPROMISE with HIS standards.

in the words of musician Keith Green:
“No Compromise is what the whole Gospel of Jesus is all about . . . ‘For I tell you . . . no man can serve two masters . . .’ (Matt. 6:24). In a day when believers seem to be trying to please both the world and the Lord (which is an impossible thing), when people are far more concerned about offending their friends than offending God, there is only one answer . . . Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him!

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I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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12 Responses to COMPROMISE – right or wrong?

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    Wonderful posting Angela. I have to agree with you… in other areas of our lives we may need to compromise based upon the circumstances and the issues involved, but hte one area where compromise is totally unacceptable is God’s Word. As unpopular as that attitude is in today’s time, I believe it is this very attitude that the world is so desperately lacking. If each of us refused to compromise God’s Word in our own personal lives, the world woudl be a far better place. Thank you again for taking such an important stand for His truth. Lord bless you.

    • I am happy to compromise on many things with various people – but NEVER when it contradicts the principles of God’s Word.

      I agree that our governments are compromising ideals and principles to kowtow to minority groups – or in the case of our minority government in Federal Parliament, to the extreme party it depends on for support. This flows through to the people, and we are seeing an increasing minority shouting for legal abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, ‘acceptance’ of other groups to the extent the rights of Christians are denied, children not to be ‘brainwashed’ with Christian beliefs – and the list goes on.

      “No compromise” might seem hardline, but it is about time we stood for our ‘rights’ and more importantly, for our God.

      “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!”

  2. writinggomer says:

    The world we live in is fast moving towards compromise being the standard way of life. Compromise, deception, and outright falsehood is deified…while truth is demonized and cast down as dirt is trod on under our feet. This is to be expected, but is rather sad I think.

    Great post Angela, really well worded!

    Blessings
    Greg

    • You describe our world so well. Sad, but true. If we didn’t know better we could easily think the devil is gaining the victory, but our God is still on the throne. He is still in control. The devil and his hordes are still doomed.

      More than ever before we need to be shining lights, reflecting the love, mercy and grace – and justice – of our great triune God.

      We are one day closer!

  3. Love It! I am glad I read this article. I don’t feel bad about being labeled “non compromising”, “headstrong”, etc now. :-) Thank you!
    The nail on the head here is as you said and I want to add the rest of that passage.., “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other; or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can not serve God and money”- Jesus.
    Amen- to the devil those that he know will compromise are nothing but mere change in his hands ready to use for bartering at a moments notice. There is no compromise when you store up your treasures in heaven. Our HEAVENLY BANKER will not compromise our true investment and commitment to HIM. In the message to the 7 churches, I notice he made a point of their weaknesses which derived from (in my opinion) their compromising abilities.

    Be Blessed

    • The calls to compromise are increasing and getting louder and stronger. All who are the blood-bought, adopted children of the living God need to stand up and be counted – not aggressively, but with authority and a humble manner.

      More importantly, we need to be totally committed to being true disciples of Christ – no compromise!

      We serve an amazing God!

  4. admin says:

    The spirit of tolerance and compromise is the same spirit that was evident in Rome before its demise. There was tolerance for everything except the worship of the one true God through Jesus his son. Thanks for an excellent post.

    • I agree admin. It is also evident throughout the Old Testament. Compromise is often the thin edge of the wedge – tolerance, then acceptance, then participation.

      Today, we have all the resources of God at our disposal. We have Holy Spirit indwelling us. We have NO excuse. There should be NO compromise with Truth.

  5. ptl2010 says:

    No compromise
    Deut 4:2 Deut 5:32 Deut 12:32 Joshua 1:7 Ps 119:128 Prov 30:5-6 Re 22:18-19

    Whatever He commands must be done. There can be no additions or subtractions.
    Whatever He commands must be done. No one can turn to the left or the right
    . All His rules about all things are right, and every false way should be hated.
    Every word of God is pure, and any addition to them will make you a liar.
    He will severely judge any man wicked enough to add or subtract from His Word.

    • Well said E. God’s Word is plain and direct. Our only acceptable response is obedience and obedience to His Word brings peace and joy.
      We serve an amazing God who demands – and is entitled to – our 100% commitment: no compromise!

  6. Lyn Leahz says:

    I always enjoy your blogs dear sister because they are always built on the word of God and there is never any swaying from the truth. That is the type of teaching I like. Your posts always teach me and build me up in Christ. Thank you and God bless you!

    • Thank you Lyn.
      >> “there is never any swaying from the truth” . . . to sway from the truth would be compromise, and since God’s Word is our rule for EVERYTHING in life, why compromise the truth?

      In my earlier years as a Christian, compromise took different turns, but nowadays compromise seems to come from all directions, challenging our MINDS as much as our actions. Governments and people tell us our priorities are wrong and we should be accepting of other views – even views that are opposite of our own – and views that were illegal only a few years ago. Political correctness has gone mad, but only in one direction!

      We are one day closer to the time when there will be NO compromise and no desire to compromise.

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