March 18, 2018

Destructive Compromise

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 18, 2018

Look, I [Lot] have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. Genesis 19:8 

Compromise can corrupt and destroy, especially moral compromise. Lot capitulated to the mores of society. He was more concerned with losing face to strangers than in the protection and purity of his own daughters. Though he did not know they were God’s angels, it did not justify his wicked behavior. His moral compass was out of whack. He could see the wickedness in others but not recognize it in his own life.

The genesis of moral compromise is a blindness fueled by pride and fear. God’s standards are desecrated, people’s lives and eventually entire communities are in disarray, and even cultures are destroyed. We seek to meet the expectations of people over the Lord’s. So how can we see compromise coming? How can we make sure in our business, home, and ministry we do not capitulate to compromise?

First understand, teach, cherish, celebrate, and live out God’s standards. He is the absolute. He is equally as intolerant to sin as He is tolerant of those who walk in integrity. The Lord is intolerant of lying, stealing, adultery, and homosexuality. He is tolerant of truth, character, worship, love, and obedience. Model God’s tolerance and intolerance.

A society that does not seek to establish laws based on divinely mandated morals will cease to be a thriving society. This is true throughout history and within all groups of peoples. From families to government there must be a moral consciousness to survive. Otherwise, there is an implosion resulting from unrestrained immorality.

Humility asks, “Do I see the moral blind spots in my life?” “Have I asked friends to help me identify them?” “Do I hold high an uncompromising moral banner based on God’s truth?”

Remove even the smallest carriers of compromise. “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” (Song of Songs 2:15).

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give me a sensitivity to sin that I might not flirt with its allure, but flee from its influence, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Application

Are there any small compromises that I need to confess to the Lord and others?

Related Reading

Numbers 32:23; 1 Samuel 14:38; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Colossians 2:8 Taken from Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2

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Comments

  1. Adora malloy says:

    I love receiving Wisdom Hunters but am not sure this one is accurate. Have you considered Lot offered his daughters because he knew the appetite of those pounding on his door was lust for the same sex and they NEVER would have taken the daughters in exchange for the“men” he was sheltering?

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Adora,
      Thank you for reaching out to us after reading “Destructive Compromise”. We appreciate your thought provoking comments and I admit, I had never considered that Lot offered his daughters knowing the men of Sodom would not take them.
      However, as I re-read the story of Lot and Sodom, I was reminded of the continuous compromising Lot did and the cruel and destructive results it had on Lot and everyone around him. I am not sure he offered up his daughters to the men of Sodom for any reason other than protecting the two men (angels) that were visiting him.
      I was sad and alarmed at the story as I read it over again, but what a harsh reminder of the disaster that follows “caving in” to destructive compromises even when they appear to be subtle and “not that harmful” (especial moral compromise).

      Boyd had some powerful suggestions in this devotional to head off the downward spiral of compromise. “First understand, teach, cherish, celebrate and live out God’s standards. He is the absolute.” Amen and Amen.

      Adora, thank you for taking the time to email us with your thoughts. We are always so thankful to hear from our Wisdom Hunter’s family with their personal thoughts on the devotionals. We will look forward to hearing from you again sometime.

      Grateful for you on this first day of spring!
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne

      “Lead me to the right path, Oh LORD,
      or my enemies will conquer me.
      Tell me clearly what to do,
      and show me which way to turn.”


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