Posts Tagged ‘compromise’

Not everyone likes Starbucks coffee. Those who object say it is too bitter but those who disagree say it is bold and strong. But for sure it is not watered down and at every Starbucks coffee shop, it is almost guaranteed to be the same.

Our experience of Christianity can be as God intended or it can be compromised in some way that causes us to nap throughout our life and deceive us into thinking we are ok. And when our friends agree with the compromised version, our nap is extended indefinitely. Thoughts like Jesus being in the driver’s seat every day (deny yourself), or to not allow any relationship to have priority over Jesus, or to give up every right I have or give up ownership of everything can be quickly dismissed as good stuff Jesus said, but it must be translated into our culture today and for sure it will not carry those harsh implications. Before you water this down, check out Luke 9:23 and 14:25-34.

Jesus meant exactly what he said and even though compromise begins in small ways, it always ends up robbing us of the freedom and life we never dreamed possible by following Jesus. Look at John 10:10.

Think through how you may have begun to compromise what Jesus said and take back the life stolen from you by the enemy. “…don’t get blown off the road. Go for it 100%-you’re working for the Boss and you know it’s worth breaking sweat for. It’s not a waste of time. Hang in there.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 The Word on the Street

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Green logo used from 1987-2010, still being used as a secondary logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone enjoys eating out. No preparation in the kitchen, no agonizing over cooking the fish just right and of course no cleanup required. Jesus enjoyed eating out-in fact he did this almost every day. But one day he surprised his men and caused the religious types to show their real character.

Check out Matthew 9:9-12. Jesus had an important thing for his men to learn here. He knew those with unfounded religious rules would have a fit but then, that was part of his plan. The religious club needed to remove some things from their priority list. We must learn to engage our culture without compromise. Engaging means association with but does not mean shallow conversations. We should ask meaningful questions to help people think through their conclusions about life. And, we need to really listen to people even when we absolutely disagree with them.

1 Corinthians 9:22 in the Living version says in part “…trying to find common ground with non-Christians so as to tell them about Jesus and let Jesus save them.” 2 Corinthians 10:2-5 adds a dimension that is often overlooked.

Extra credit: John 2:1-11. We need to help people when we can. People have a lot of water but maybe not much wine. It is easy to live rather plain lives void of adventure. We may be able to help people with that. Also, 1 John 2:15,16 should help us not cross boundaries that would diminish our effectiveness with our culture. We do not have the right to do what we want to do, be who we want to be or have what we want to have if we are following Jesus.

Where are you having dinner tonight? How do you need to work on the compromising aspect?