In the twelfth chapter of Matthew, the bible tells a story of a demon possessed man that is brought to Jesus who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him. But when the Pharisees heard of this they declared Jesus to be a demon of Beelzebul. He then went into a discourse starting with the words, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined.” The passage end with; “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
So in the world we live in we are confronted with times where we have to judge whether to accept evil in order to “get along.” The person we may be getting along with may be a friend, a neighbor, a son, a daughter, a parent, or anybody we run into. Our society has become a melting pot of tolerance and acceptance of things that would have turned the stomachs of people only a century ago. Have we left the good tree behind and have started to accept the bitter fruit of evil? Have we decided to allow sin into our lives in order to keep a certain person in our lives? Those are dangerous things to be wrapped up in.
What if we are the last hope of that person who is addicted to a drug, or a lifestyle, or something else that is destructive, do we point out their problem? In the book of Ezekiel we are told that we are responsible for another man’s sin if we don’t try to correct him. So we have a duty to point that out. But what about love? Aren’t we supposed to love people who may be caught in the web of sin? More than likely we are. Is it more loving to accept a sin, or to help them battle through it? Is it more loving to allow a friend or loved one sacrifice their eternity for something that is fleeting in this world?
I would submit that we need to have the wisdom of Solomon and compromise the two schools of thought the same way. Let’s cut the baby in two. The right half can be righteous and the left half can be sinful? We have a common ground and we have kept our family intact. But the baby is now dead and everybody had sacrificed their eternity.
Compromise is the most dangerous thing we can think about bringing into our relationship with Jesus Christ. We cannot compromise on love. We have to keep loving them, even when it means we have to turn away from them. We have to pray for them even when they are hateful and vindictive. We have to forgive when they steal or abuse us. The one thing we cannot do is compromise our dedication to God. If that means we lose something of ourselves, or our family, or our belongings, it may be painful, but it may be necessary.
Father, lead us to uncompromising faith full of love and dedication for you and for our fellow man. Help us discern when tough love is necessary. Show us the areas in our own lives that we need to trim and become better. Lord help us not be compromising in our faith of you. I want to pledge this year to indomitable faith of you