We are taught and learn from an early age the value of how to compromise. Compromise is a great tool, a powerful tool, when used for the right reasons. It is the essence of what treaties are based on between warring factions. It is the common ground between differing opinions, it is an understanding with varying degrees of agreement.
Compromise is defined as “settling differences by mutual concessions” and “something intermediate between different things”. Most peace agreements in the world have been reached through compromise. It allows two opposing wills the opportunity to find a mutual agreement without the fear of further aggression.
One of the places we most often find compromise is in marriage. As I type this, I cannot help but to smile knowing my wife will laugh or roll her eyes when she reads this. Without compromise, would there be a lasting marriage, a real “til death do us part” marriage?
Marriage isn’t the only place compromise can be found. It extends to our families, siblings, cousins, etc. It also finds a place in our friendships. It allows us a way to find agreement with people we would otherwise never be able to associate with. It helps us grow stronger in our beliefs, it gives us perspective, and helps us to understand other points of view. Compromise is a good thing, in the right places.
The Word of God is the one place there is no room for compromise. Is there room in the church for compromise? Certainly, in the way things are done, in the way its ran, in the way it is set up, in the way that people are reached. For example, when do you pray, when do you sing, how is the offering collected, those things can be changed without harm, usually. Reaching out to the community can be done differently, through commercials, writings, advertisements and so on, and compromise on those things can be reached. The message of the church must not, and should not, ever be compromised.
Yet, generally speaking, today it is one of the church’s biggest problems. Too many are willing to compromise the gospel for the sake of filling the church. This is very contrary to what the Bible teaches:
2nd Thessalonians:2:15: Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
1st Timothy:4:1: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
If you need one good reason why the Word should not be compromised, it is this: When you compromise the Word of God, you are saying it is not perfect, it is not good enough, it has fallen short. According to God’s word, we have fallen short, every man, not Him. He has more than met us half way, by coming down in the flesh of man, hanging from a cross, taking upon Himself the sin of the world, and dying, for us. His compromise toward us took place upon the cross, and when He said “it is finished” it was finished!
His life here was perfect. He offered Himself, a more perfect covenant than the law. He is holy and requires us to be holy, that does not speak of compromise. The only compromise must be on our part, in submission to Him.
This world wants you to compromise, your beliefs, your rights, and your faith. Be cautious, be wise as serpents, be gentle as doves, and guard yourselves. Compromise, in the right context is a good thing, but never let anyone or anything compromise His Word. Praise Him, because He is worthy, He is perfect, and His Word will endure forever, for it is perfect.