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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Toxic Compromise

November 6

(Deuteronomy 17:14-20 NIV) “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us," {15} be sure to appoint over you the king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite. {16} The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, "You are not to go back that way again." {17} He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. {18} When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. {19} It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees {20} and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.”

(1 Kings 11:1-6 NIV) “King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter--Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. {2} They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, "You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods." Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. {3} He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. {4} As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. {5} He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. {6} So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.”

In the political realm, compromise is often necessary as it may be the only way forward. But in the spiritual and moral realm, compromise leads to disaster. Moral compromise is usually also a spiritual compromise because it violates some command of God. It promises happiness, but it delivers death; death to people, death to relationships, even death to the soul. It leads to calamity, chaos, and the collapse of culture. Moral compromise is toxic. It can seem right, but causes pain that far outweighs the joy. It hardly ever comes in big bites. Instead, it nibbles at us; a little bit here, a little bit there, until it consumes our character. Moral compromise may often be legal and even accepted by society. But what is legal and acceptable does not always line up with what is godly and right. Believers are citizens of a different Kingdom. Avoid compromise at all costs. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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