14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:
“I will live in them
and walk among them.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things
and I will welcome you.
2 Corinthians 6:14-17
It can be very challenging to live a godly life in today’s world. There are many snares of the devil that tries to pull us away from Christ and pull us into the crowd of unbelievers. As such we really can’t live unguarded. We have to be very much aware that there is a constant fight in the spirit realm for our faith. One of the most effective method the devil uses to pull us away from Christ is relationships.
I love verse 17 of the above scripture. God is speaking through Paul, commanding us to come out from the world (crowd) and be separate unto God. Of course we cannot isolate ourselves from the world. We still to a very high degree need to interact with unbelievers. However our minds are not to be entangled with their way of thinking.
Separation from the world involves more than keeping our distance from sinful practices. It means staying close to God. It involves more than avoiding worldly entertainment. It extends to how we spend out time and resources.
I feel we understand the above as we hear it quite often. But the challenge i believe many believers face is compromise. For some reason, many find it challenging to go all in for Christ probably for fear of being made fun of. Some don’t want to, because they fear they might be missing something “fun” which they believe can only be found in the world. Many feel the whole faith thing is boring and overly serious and truly no one wants to be serious always. We all want a bit of humor and fun and unfortunately the world seems to be a place that offers unfiltered fun for everyone.
For some it’s just a particular habit they don’t want to give up. They feel cutting off that habit means cutting off their social life.
Many of us know what to do but we just don’t want to do it because sin satisfies our fleshy desires. We still love the ‘sweetness’ and instant gratification of sin. We know that each time we hang around that person, we find ourselves swearing and gossiping but because that person makes us laugh we decide to hold on to the relationship. We know that we really shouldn’t be going clubbing because the vulgar music we hear there desensitizes our hearts but still we decide to go. We know we should cut off certain music and books and things that lure us away from God but we still decide to hold on to them.
There is an African adage that says a little drop of oil on a finger does on to soil the whole palm if not cleaned. That little compromise that we are clinging on soon turns out into something big.
We are not only to stop behaving like unbelievers but we also have to start behaving like Christ. Many believers don’t bear fruit. Many have blended in so much with darkness that you can’t distinguish them from unbelievers. Yes you love Jesus but which fruit do you bear? If the people we used to hang out with before we became saved cannot tell the difference between how we were then and how we are now, then i’m sorry we need to check ourselves because Jesus says we are identified by our fruits. Those who belong to Christ are to depart from iniquity. They are not to have a romance with sin. We are in a challenging zone in the body of Christ now where people get attacked for calling out sin. “Judge not that ye be not judged” have been taken so out of context. Many use it as a phrase to cover up their sin. We are to hold each other accountable as family. We should be able to caution each other in love.
I have seen scenarios where people are almost naked and when told by someone else to cover up (even when done in love), they get very defensive and pull out the “thou shall not judge” line. What has happened to accountability in the body of Christ. We are believers of Christ and not believers of darkness. If there is no difference between us and the world, then whose are we really? Many hate messages that condemn sin but gravitates towards the ones that aids their lukewarmness. Love without truth isn’t love. God is love and He is also The truth. We cannot keep compromising with sin and wonder why we aren’t attracting people to Christ. We aren’t because they see no difference between what they do and what we do.
If i may you today, who are you representing?
Who am i representing?
Do we look more like darkness than we are of light?
Are our hearts contrite or are they full of rebellion and pride?
Are we even interested in living for Christ genuinely or are we OK with the lukewarmness that we are swimming in?
God cannot be mocked. This is a call to holy living. A call to shun compromise.
What will it profit us if we gain all the popularity and fame the crowd has to offer and we loose our souls?
It’s one thing not to know and go to hell but it’s another thing to know and warnings because in hell there is full consciousness. If you refuse to live for Christ, we will remember all the chances you had to do things right when you find yourself in hell.
To whom much is given, much is expected.
**This post was requested by my friend Sis. Melina. I was already studying about compromise when i got her text message requesting for this. Thanks for confirming what the Holy Spirit was telling me**.
I will be doing a follow up post on this and i will be sharing how compromise almost took the life of King Jehoshaphat.