Unmasked | Kryptonite | Worldly Compromise
My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:13
The Israelites were a continual picture of what NOT to do. They had been chosen by God and were offered the chance of a lifetime to have the Lord of creation as their provider, defender, and friend. But as soon as He left the room, they set to work breaking commandments. Their biggest problems started when they gazed across the plain to the nations around them. Those pagans had shiny idols, loose women, and a host of other enticements that made righteousness seem downright boring. So, time and again, they traded God’s solid gold promises for dime-store pleasures stamped “Made in Hell”. Coveting the world became Israel’s kryptonite and it robbed them of the future God wanted to give them.
Things haven’t changed much. Substitute the word “church” for “Israel” and we have the same problem. The world’s shiny idols and loose morals make God’s golden promises seem downright boring. We don’t want Him mad at us, but we don’t want to forfeit a few guilty pleasures either,. Therefore, we invent a “Christianity” that lets us have both. “God wants you to be happy and believe in yourself,” the pagan prophets cry, and we happily tune in, relieved that we found a religion that lets us remain our own gods. And the Lord weeps. We’ve traded His holiness for dime-store pleasures stamped “Made in Hell”. Compromising with the world is the church’s kryptonite and it is robbing us of the influence and wisdom that God wants to give us.
Final Thought: What areas of worldly compromise might be robbing you of becoming all God wants you to be?
Prayer: Father, I don’t even realize how worldly my thoughts and attitudes have become. It’s so easy to go along with popular opinion instead of challenging everything that does not line up with your truth. Please help me change. In Jesus’ name, Amen.