Are you partly responsible for the weakened influence of Christianity in your community? The unbelieving world can no longer see Christ in the flesh, but it does see the people who bear his name—the Christians. And what does the world see as it looks at us?
I am convinced that many of us fail in our witness for Jesus Christ because of compromise in our personal lives. When we were called to follow him we were asked not for a partial allegiance but for full surrender. His demand was not that we serve him with our lips alone but that we serve with our minds, spirits, and bodies. We were not called to follow the standards of the world with half our heart and our Lord with the other.
In other words, Christ has called us to be his own without reservation, and when we compromise with Satan we find ourselves walking on very dangerous ground.
There are so many ways by which we compromise with this enemy of our souls. When the Children of Israel were longing for freedom from slavery, Pharoah’s offers of compromises were typical of the way Satan works today.
To Israel Pharaoh said, “Go, sacrifice to your God within the land” (Exod. 8:25). How similar to the advice we get today. Don’t be a fanatic. Be in the world and of the world, for that is where the action is. Don’t try to be different; after all, aren’t you ‘salt’? You must stay close to the world.
Furthermore, it is implied that by staying “within the land,” by making a compromise with the world, we will find it much easier to be a Christian. But is this true?
The Apostle Paul knew the danger of compromise with the world and warned, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, ...1
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