"A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is maker of them all. The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far away from them. Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:1-6
In life there are many areas where compromise is good and must take place. However, growing in your faith and leading your family are not places where compromise should happen. We compromise all the time on where we are going to eat. Well, most of the time I tell them that we are going to eat at Chick-fil-A. We compromise all the time on who is going to play music when we get in the car. Well, most of the time Francie wins and plays her music. Marty and I have to compromise many times on which one of us is going to this game with this kid and which one of us is going to that game with that kid. Compromise works in a lot of places. However, we must not compromise in our faith journey, and we must not compromise in teaching and leading our children in their faith journeys, as well.
Proverbs 22:1-6 gives us three truths that we must embrace as Christ followers. GOD CREATED US ALL. God created everything. God created mankind in His image and breathed life into his body. God created mankind with intention and purpose, for relationship with Him and with one another. God has revealed Himself to mankind through creation and through His holy Word, and He has given commands that lead to blessing and to full life. However, Satan has brought deception and lies into our world, and with that he has brought the possibility of compromise. Satan wants us to believe that we are "like God" or even that we are gods. Proverbs shows us the compromises that are possible. A good name or great riches? A refuge from danger or play with danger? We cannot compromise when it comes to knowing who God truly is and knowing who we truly are. HUMILITY LEADS TO LIFE. The Bible teaches us that true humility is not thinking less of oneself. It is thinking of oneself less. True humility is to fear the Lord with reverence and awe. The goal of humility is to clearly hear and see God, not to hear and see self. In our humility, we recognize that God is creator and sustainer of life. We recognize that He is in control of everything. We recognize that His commands are not burdensome, but instead, they are blessings. We cannot compromise when it comes to humility. PARENTS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY. We have not been called by God to be best friend with our children. We have not been called by God to give them whatever they want, whenever they want it. We are not to be "Burger King" parents - "Have it your way right away!" We have been called by God to "start children off on the way they should go." We have been called by God to bring them up in the admonition of the Lord. We cannot compromise in raising our children the way God commands us.
Compromise is just not worth it when it comes to faith and family. Many times compromise is a consequence or a result of compassion. We definitely need to be compassionate towards one another. However, it is compassion without godly conviction and courage that leads to compromise in our faith and in our families. And compromise leads to destruction. Satan loves compromise in faith and in family. Satan is satisfied with just a part of your faith or a part of your family. Why? He knows that God want all...all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul (Matthew 22:37). Remember, in John 10:10, Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." The message of Jesus and the message of the cross is about a life CHANGED, not a life COMPROMISED. Jesus had an opportunity in the wilderness to compromise when Satan tempted Him with the ways of the world. Jesus did not compromise! Abraham had an opportunity to compromise when God called for a sacrifice, but he was willing to give up his son for his God. Abraham did not compromise! The disciples left their homes, their families, and their jobs to walk with Jesus. The disciples did not compromise! Christ followers, today we have so many opportunities to compromise our faith and to compromise our families. We need to turn to God for wisdom and for strength to fight compromise in our lives. We need to be compassionate with godly conviction and courage that leads to full and eternal life. DO NOT COMPROMISE: IT'S NOT WORTH IT!