When the world demands compromise

One of the toughest places for a Christian to be in our post-modern world is on the fence.  When the world pressures us to give an account for why we believe the way way do, or why we take a stand on the issues we do, the temptation for many is to  attempt to appeal to everyone.

We certainly do want to be righteous before God, without being self-righteous to those who don’t know Him. And wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow make the world think that Christians really aren’t that narrow; that we can be the “good and loving” kind of Christians without acting like “those” kind of Christians.

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The reality is, when God asks us to be set apart for Him, it does indeed look strange to those on the outside. And when they ask us about the hard things, like our stand for life or marriage, are we tempted to talk out both sides of our mouths to please man instead of God? As we’ll learn today, many Christian leaders have fallen into that temptation to people please.

Today we referenced this video of Pastor Joel Osteen skating the fence on homosexuality with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and crew:

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One Response to When the world demands compromise

  1. Mr Davis says:

    We are all already compromised!
    It is too easy to take a hard line instead of asking the harder question: What are we compromising? Is it His word or our preferences? The Lord calls us to lay aside our preferences for the sake of one another. Today we have confused our preferences as being the same as God's word and why there is such confusion and so much division apparent in the Body of Christ. We are all of us compromised. What we are to do, that we do not, either as individuals or corporately in our coming together as believers. There is none that always does right, there is none with perfect understanding, and therefore, we should not be operating from a position of strength but of frailty and compassion and gratitude.

    Look at all the one another’s which we are always to be doing. Look at how the church was intended to operate: as a living body under the headship of Christ, not some lectern established after the tradition of men: placing a man as the head of the people. But this is so cultural and we so much want to be like the culture: who love to have our favorites: the more lovely, the more astute, the more educated, the more wealthy, the more famous, the more clever and any other more out there. And if we get praise from them, well now we are something.

    We are so upside-down!

    John 5:44 How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?

    2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

    James 2:8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

    Micah 6:8 He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.

    Oh Gracious God grant us repentance in any of this where we are not walking in accordance with your word. May you put in on our hearts to take heed to do it, to put your holy command into practice and may the Christ, who is Jesus, abound in us more and more and this to your Glory and praise Oh King. May you grant by your abundant mercy that we all who are yours lose ourselves in you for your namesake, for Your Name alone is Great and worthy of praise. Gracious Father may you grant we are able to lift up Holy hands to you and cry out for our need is great. Oh GREAT and Glorious I AM, We are blind, naked and deaf, have mercy, have mercy.


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