They Push, We Stand
When does accommodating cross the line scripture plainly identifies? Not singling out any one particular conversation or subject, let’s consider the question.
We live in a society that is pushed every single day to accommodate others in their beliefs and desires, and in certain cases validate their choices even if we believe those to be sinful. While not always the case, more often than not if we have reluctance, it is because that demand from society to “go along” or “accommodate” is diametrically opposed to what scripture teaches and what we profess as Christians. So do we give a little to get along? How far do we bend, if any? Do we ignore, look the other way or make exceptions? Who gets to decide when, where and how we modify our thinking?
The bottom line, in my opinion, is that each person must read scripture, pray for understanding and wisdom and seek by scriptural means to know the mind of Christ. Then, with God’s help, we determine for ourselves whether something is right or wrong, or possibly even neutral. Now don’t hear what I’m not saying. I’m not saying our opinion rules, I’m saying by the grace of God, we understand scripture and understand what truly is right and wrong. And, it’s where right and wrong meet that I’d suggest the line has been drawn, and not by us, but by God Himself. Man doesn’t get to define right and wrong, that happened a few millennia before any of us arrived on the scene, yet in the pursuit of evil, people forget that we are the created and not the Creator. (Rom 1:18-32)
We don’t have to look far to find opposition to what we believe from scripture. Modern-day wisdom would suggest that we must accommodate the beliefs of those we disagree with on matters of doctrine, worldly opinions, and different ways of looking at life without the same consideration for our beliefs. Many demand that all of the change must conform to align with progressive viewpoints, and logically most of this push comes from the younger generations. Modern-day wisdom would say we must sacrifice what we believe, our principles our morals and our firmly held beliefs if they are challenged, otherwise we are bigots. Ironically, many who would demand our acceptance of their beliefs under the guise of being accommodating will not apply the same logic to their acceptance of our firmly held beliefs when the roles are reversed.
Again, I believe the line must be drawn between what truly is right and what truly is wrong, with the Bible being the sole source of that wisdom. Scripture would tell the Christian that if we are violating our consciences because we know the right thing to do but don’t do it, we sin. (James 4:17) I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to release my firmly held spiritual beliefs, or compromise a faith that I’ve grown over many years and hold dear due to my level of Christian maturity, to a generation who has yet to experience or learn what I have, or spend time with the God I’ve chosen to serve.
I won’t give in to political correctness and social compromise. God hasn’t told me to give in, He’s told me to stand firm. (Eph 6, 1 Cor 16:13). God’s Word says compromise in any quantity is a victory for team Satan. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and for mankind to think that what God said years ago no longer has any value, is “foolishness”. (1 Cor 3:19, Heb 13:8)
Certainly, some things that do not usurp God’s teachings, principles or image can be negotiated. However, many things cannot, and to compromise any at all would no longer speak where scripture speaks. Such loosening of our grasp on the Word of God is to risk losing sight of God’s intentions and desire for His people, compromising not just one, but all scripture. God has given us zero room to modify His word in the name of compromise, yet our world is screaming that we do exactly that to condone their beliefs and desires, regardless of how our consciences are affected.
Christian, today, remember Who stands with you when you must take a stand against immorality, evil and sin. God will never leave us or forsake us. (Heb 13;5). Take comfort in a strong unwavering faith. We have nothing to fear. Stand firm, and after having done so, be ready for the next challenge.