A World Of Compromise

Rainbow BibleThe legalization of same sex marriage, as sinful and misguided as it is, doesn’t disturb me in the sense that non-Christians really can’t be expected to act like Christians. Along the same lines, the impending persecution of Christians who refuse  to embrace LBGT causes may concern me in some respects, but I trust the Holy Spirit to keep me faithful to the teachings of Scripture during times of difficulty. The world naturally hates anyone who faithfully represents Jesus (John 15:18-24). Not that I particularly  want to suffer persecution, mind you, but I understand that following Christ usually results in some level of persecution (2 Timothy 3:12).

It troubles me, however, to know that so many people who call themselves Christians now either ignore or twist everything the Bible says about homosexuality (as well as several other topics) in favor of accommodating  the culture. According to CNN’s April 28, 2015 article entitled Religious Support Growing for Same-Sex Marriage, 28 percent of evangelicals and 62 percent of mainline Protestants support gay marriage. So much for fidelity to God’s Word. Apparently, these professing Christians, if they read the Bible at all, interpret it through the grid of political correctness.

Tragically, such people choose the love of the world, erroneously supposing that they can embrace its values and still claim to love God. I say “tragically” because Scripture teaches quite the opposite.

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. ~~James 4:4 (ESV)

Being a true Christian requires resistance to anything that contradicts God’s Word, regardless of what contemporary culture says.  Such resistance may cost us jobs, friends, family relationships or even our lives, but the Lord is well worth such sacrifice. I pray that those who claim His Name, and yet align themselves with the world’s values and practices, will repent of their spiritual adultery. The cost may be high, but I shudder at the much higher cost of compromise.

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