March 23, 2010

Unwise Compromise

Written by Boyd Bailey

Unwise Compromise… “ The Lord had told the Israelites, ‘You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods’.. 1 Kings 11:2 b “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” 1Kings 11:11:4

Compromise can cripple, if you violate a direct command of Christ. If we chose to ignore God’s directives there may be consequences, sometimes even severe ones. This is where power and money are very, very deceptive. They can set you up for diluting the Lord’s standards. You may be tempted to rise above the rules, and not follow what you expect others to obey.

However, with more power and wealth comes more accountability. God may have placed you in an influential role. How do you steward your influence? Is it for God and others first, or is it for only your ego’s interests? It is important for power and wealth to be a servant of godly purposes rather than its’ master. So we honestly ask, “Does my life compromise my convictions to honor Christ by obeying Him?” More power requires more accountability.

One way to discern your level of compromise is to keep God’s Word as your standard and search the Scriptures daily and ask God to teach and direct your heart. Compromise of God’s ways means you lose, while adherence to His commands means you win. So, if being honest means you miss a deal, you miss the deal, and trust Him for a better one in the future. If giving to the poor means you do not build a second home, then you do not build a second home, and maybe a friend will let you vacation in their second home for free!

An effective way to avoid compromising God’s standards is by having an accountability partner. Create checks and balances in your life. Who do you listen to for advice now? Are they men and women of unquestionable integrity? Or, do you just listen to those who tell you what you want to hear? Seek out those who will give you discerning and unfiltered feedback. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, so submit yourself to the inspection and questioning of others.

You may chose a personal and/or business board of directors, or an accountability group of four or five people. Perhaps, you allow them to check your personal budget each year and ask about any large purchases or charitable contributions made. Maybe, you allow a trusted friend to call your spouse and ask how you are doing. Compromise is subtle and crafty–so be on your guard and defeat it–before it defeats you.

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13).

How can I avoid compromising Christ’s commands? Is my accountability truly effective?

Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 24:19; 1 Kings 22:18-39; Luke 21:34; 1 Timothy 4:16

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