Compromise has two sides.
- Making concessions to reach a settlement: Anyone who has a family or a job must face this type of compromise. Isn’t compromise a good thing? After all, conceding your position to get along is part of survival.
- Accepting standards that are lower than desirable or that damage your integrity: Our society today is full of persuaders who want to draw you to their position of thinking at the cost of your integrity. Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
The integrity attacking compromise (#2) is detrimental to your Christian walk. What does this look like in real life?
For example: You are a Christian store owner in a small town and have determined to represent your beliefs with the merchandise you allow to be sold in your store. One popular vendor wants to place items for sale with sexually suggestive messages. Your store would be the only one in town to carry the popular nationally known brand and new shoppers would likely be attracted. The dilemma of sacrificing sales of a popular brand or upholding Christian beliefs causes a very real struggle. After all, wouldn’t God want your business to be successful? The compromise to your integrity would set in motion a precedent that would make it easier to repeat.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters . Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.