This is not the time for compromise.
“…..that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:26-27, New King James Version). If we want to be the sort of Christian that lines up with what is described in these verses, we need to determine never to compromise when it comes to the things of the world. As I began to think about this topic of not compromising, I saw more than one post on Facebook with the same basic message: This is not the time for compromise.
This is not a sprinkling of pixie dust.
For a practical example of not compromising, lets discuss the new Disney live action version of Beauty and the Beast (you can read a Christian review of the film here). Before the film’s release it was publicised by the director that it would contain a homosexual character – he called it, “a kind of lovely little sprinkling“. The world may think that having a homosexual element in a Disney film is a ‘lovely little sprinkling’, but I can categorically tell you, that that is not God’s view. This is not a sprinkling of pixie dust, this is akin to sprinkling compost over your delicious trifle, completely ruining the whole thing. Having read some reviews of the film, I am sure that some people will argue that the director has over-hyped the homosexual elements and that may well be, but that does not mean that we should be supporting it with our money. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 says that we are to “abstain from all appearance of evil“. The publicity surrounding this film has certainly given it the ‘appearance of evil’, how much it affects the overall plot of the film is not the point. We should be thankful that the homosexual element is not that obvious in this time, but next time – who knows?
We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches.
Secondly, homosexuality has no place in a film that will obviously be viewed by children – it is completely inappropriate for a Disney family film. You may not even have children, but again, that is not the point. By paying money to see Beauty and the Beast, you (or rather your money) are saying that you have no problem with the presence of homosexuality in a Disney film and that you would be happy if the homosexuality element was increased in a future film. That may not be your intention, but money talks and that is certainly what your money would be saying. To quote a cinema in Alabama, USA which has banned the film: “We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches“. At the time of writing, Russia is considering banning Beauty and the Beast, if they decide that it contravenes Russia’s laws on spreading gay propaganda among minors. I may have mentioned this in a previous post, but I will state again that it is a sad reflection of the current moral state of the Western World that whilst we once we able to take a moral stand against the godless communism of Russia, it is now Russia that has the moral high ground on issues such as this (although clearly not on all issues).
It is better to be a non-practicing homosexual than a practicing one.
Staying on the topic of homosexuality, I have noticed a very definite area of compromise recently – the notion that if a Christian who identifies as homosexual is not practicing, then everything is OK: “Well yes I know the Bible has stuff to say against homosexuality, but it’s OK because they’re not a practicing homosexual”. To think that that makes everything OK, is a very deceptive lie. Of course it is better to be a non-practicing homosexual than a practicing one, it is one less step into the depths of depravity. For a new Christian, this could be considered a step in the right direction, along the path of allowing God to set them free from homosexuality. However I have observed that this compromise is being used, not just concerning new Christians, but concerning people who have been Christians for some time – as though God is either unable or unwilling to set them free.
There is massive room for doubt.
The idea that for someone to identify as non-practicing homosexual is acceptable for a Christian seems to have become a commonly held view, but it’s a compromise – look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves — people who engage in sex before marriage, who worship idols, who engage in sex after marriage with someone other than their spouse, who engage in active or passive homosexuality, who steal, who are greedy, who get drunk, who assail people with contemptuous language, who rob — none of them will share in the Kingdom of God” (Complete Jewish Bible). The Bible does not say that being a homosexual is fine, as long as you’re not practicing. It condemns active AND passive homosexuality. Can we definitively say that homosexuals will not make it to Heaven? No, we can’t. But because of these two verses, neither can we say for sure that they will. There is, at the very least, massive room for doubt. Yes, we can discuss the issue, with persuasive arguments on both sides, but we cannot come to a concrete conclusion. All of us need to be one hundred percentage assured of our salvation, and without being set free from homosexuality, people in that category cannot have that total assurance. For the sake of the people themselves, who have been bound by Satan, we have a responsibility not to compromise.
We need to be on our guard at all times.
Of course not compromising covers many different areas, not just what we have looked at above. We need to be on our guard at all times, refusing the devil any place in our lives. Joshua 3:5 says, “Set yourselves apart to the Lord. Tomorrow he’ll do amazing things among you” (New International Readers’ Version). Refusing to compromise is not just about preparing ourselves to be part of the spotless Church that Jesus is returning for (although clearly that is very important). One of the conditions for seeing God do amazing things in our lives, is that we separate ourselves from the corrupt morals of the world. So I encourage you today: Don’t compromise!
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