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Christians Would Rather Compromise Than Obey God – Sunday Thought For The Day

November 3, 2019

There is one inescapable reality about God that it seems many people who identify themselves as Christians, either fail to realize or refuse to accept. That reality is: God does not compromise. That means He does not say one thing and then make exceptions that are contrary to His word and perfect righteousness.

Sadly, many of those who say they are Christians exchange the absolute word of God for compromise with the world without a moments thought.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, refused under threat of death to bow and worship the golden idol as King Nebuchadnezzar had degreed. (See: Daniel 3:1-30 KJV) They refused to worship the King’s idol under threat of being burned alive in a fiery furnace.

Daniel refused to pray to the king and to the king only, as had been decreed with the penalty for not doing so, being fed to the lions. (See: Daniel 6:4-28 KJV)

In Daniel 1:8 (KJV) we read the record of Daniel making the decision not to defile himself with the food and drinks of pagan blasphemers as the king had directed.

In each of these instances and many more throughout scripture, we’re witness to men and women obeying God’s word at the risk of personal harm and even death. They didn’t make excuses for comprising nor did they blindly disobey God.

We aren’t under threat of death for not obeying the wicked and sinful ways of this world; yet without a moment’s pause for thought Christians today compromise God’s absolute word.

Christians buy and proudly wear the clothing of companies that openly support the very debauchery that God has condemned. By example we tell our children that having clothing with certain logos on it and paying exorbitant amounts of money for sneakers advertised by wickedly irresponsible athletes who epitomize that which God condemns, is okay. Yet, these same Christians are the first not to tithe and the last to contribute/donate to Christian ministries.

Christians and even church groups spend money on vacations to theme parks that proudly boast of celebrating depravity and debauchery. Christians watch television programming that is nothing more than soft pornography. They ingest hours upon hours of television and movies that depict unruly disrespectful children and dysfunctional marriages and families. They laugh and talk about these things at work and even in the church. But many of these very same Christians would not think about sharing what they had read in their bibles or discussing what they were studying in the church bible study; and that assumes they read their bibles and their church has a bible.

I watched as churchgoing Christians insisted their children celebrate halloween. The worst part of that being, the many parents did so for their pleasure not because their young child demanded. I know of churches that claim not to celebrate halloween. They give it another name and celebrate that instead, minus devils, goblins and superhero outfits. My argument is why emulate it at all. Calling halloween another name and changing activities is like painting polkadots on a bicycle and calling it a cow.

We are either Christians or we are not. We are either obedient to God’s absolutes or we are not. Compromising God’s word to fit into a world that curses God and celebrates the wickedness and evil that Christ died on the Cross to redeem us from, is practicing disobedience.

God didn’t tell us to fit in; God told us to stand out as examples of obedience to Him. We cannot compromise the absolutes of God and truthfully claim to love Him.

READ: Joshua 24:15-17;17-24 (KJV)
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;

17 For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:

17 For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:

18 And the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.

19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord.

22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.

23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel.

24 And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

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Mychal Massie

Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here

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