Compromise Black is black and white is white. But in this day and age too many think there is only gray areas, situational ethics, as the world calls it. We are to let the light of God shine. But compromise and sin will cause that light to grow dim. There is compromise everywhere, not only in Christians’ lives but preachers also, although they may appear to walk upright. Some things we can see outwardly but much is within the person that needs to be dealt with Matthew 7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it Colossians 1:10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing We can’t go along with the crowd because they follow the flesh and do what is not pleasing to God. It may not be popular to go against the grain, but we are not here to be popular but to let His Life show forth through us. Romans 8:6The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God If we are just like the world why would they want to be saved or come to God? They could just stay as they are. If we do not walk righteously and continue to walk in the light when others yield to temptations we will not be a good example of the Lord. They need to see something different in us and they won’t if we act like and talk just like everyone else. 2 Corinthians 6:16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Joseph didn’t compromise but ran from Potiphar’s wife. He was falsely accused, yet he was faithful to God’s principles. If we do the same God will reward us and set us on high as He did Joseph. Even in the prison he was given authority. Be like Daniel when he was threatened to be thrown in the firey furnace. Don’t bow to any other god no matter how bad it may look. We can’t bow to the false gods and idols of this world, we can’t compromise our principles and God’s standards. If we stay true to the Lord and stand up for Him, He will deliver us. Even if it doesn’t look good for us, those instances when you are not delivered but have to go through the fire you will be rewarded and come out without even the smell of smoke on you.