DON’T COMPROMISE YOUR FAITH!

INCREASINGLY, WE ARE BOMBARDED WITH PRESSURE FROM THE WORLD AROUND US TO ‘GIVE A LITTLE’. THE SINS OF THE WORLD ARE BECOMING COMMON AND ACCEPTABLE, EVEN LEGAL, BECAUSE OF OUR EAGERNESS TO COMPROMISE OUR VALUES WHEN WE IGNORE WHAT IS TRULY RIGHT AND WRONG.

THERE IS A STORY OF A MAN WHO LIVED ALONE IN THE WOODED MOUNTAINS. KNOWING WINTER WOULD SOON COME, HE WOULD NEED A COAT TO KEEP WARM. DECIDING A HUGE BEAR SKIN WOULD MAKE A GOOD COAT, HE LOADED HIS RIFLE AND WENT OUT IN SEARCH OF A BEAR. SHORTLY, HE CAME UPON WHAT LOOKED LIKE THE PERFECT BEAR AS IT SEARCHED FOR ITS DINNER MEAL. AS HE RAISED HIS RIFLE, THE BEAR TURNED, STOOD TALL AND BEGGED NOT TO BE SHOT. THE BEAR TOLD THE HUNTER HE HAD A SOLUTION…A COMPROMISE. IF THE HUNTER WOULD HEAR HIM OUT, THEY COULD BOTH GET WHAT THEY WANTED. THE HUNTER COULD BE WRAPPED IN A WARM BEAR SKIN AND THE BEAR COULD GET HIS DINNER. THE HUNTER LISTENED AND COMPROMISED.

THE BEAR WALKED OUT OF THE FOREST AFTER EATING THE HUNTER. THE BEAR GOT HIS DINNER AND THE HUNTER WAS WRAPPED IN THE BEARSKIN…PERMANENTLY! EVEN WHEN THE COMPROMISE SOUNDS LIKE BOTH PARTIES WILL GET WHAT THEY WANT, IN EVERY COMPROMISE, THERE IS A WINNER AND A LOSER. DID THE HUNTER WANT A BEARSKIN COAT OR TO BE PERMANENTLY WITHIN THE BEAR’S SKIN?

DON’T COMPROMISE YOUR FAITH!

“YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH. BUT IF THE SALT LOSES ITS SALTINESS, HOW CAN IT BE MADE SALTY AGAIN? IT IS NO LONGER GOOD FOR ANYTHING, EXCEPT TO BE THROWN OUT AND TRAMPLED BY MEN.” MATTHEW 5:13 NIV