At some point in our life we all face the pressure to compromise. When it comes to insignificant things while working with others, compromise can be a good thing. But when it comes to our values, convictions and commitments it is not. When it comes to the important things compromise always has significant consequences.
A great biblical example of compromise can be found in Exodus 32. The Israelites pressured Moses's brother Aaron to build a golden calf, modeled after the Egyptian bull god "Apis."
The three primary factors that lead to compromise are:
1) The overwhelming desire to be liked. No one wants to be disliked by others. This was most likely the driving factor for Aaron.
2) We rely on our own clever tactics, our own wisdom. We come up with creative ways to bend the rules.
3) We make excuses. We are masters at justifying anything and everything that meets our wants and desires. We are quick to give up what we have for what we want.
My takeaways from Aaron's story is how real the pressures of compromise are. They had just been delivered from Egypt and had a clearly defined commandment from God that there shall be no other Gods. So they used their clever tactics not to replace God, but to also worship the Egyptian god "Apis" on their terms, based on their wisdom.
If you are facing the pressures and temptations of compromise, pray for strength. God never said it would be easy, but he does promise that he will be with you.
If you have or are currently compromising your values or convictions, repent and pray for forgiveness. Be thankful that we have a loving God that wants to forgive us when we repent.
When it comes to compromise, remember the words from Aaron Tippin's famous country song, "You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything."