Fly Above It All - No Compromise
And now you have friends and family that invite you to a birthday party? What do you do?
We might go, sure.
You might go?
We might go, but we go about it a little differently than what they expect. Let’s say we get invited to a pagan relative’s wedding or a fake christian’s wedding where there’s all the pagan revelry and the alcohol and the innuendo’s and all the little jokes about their wedding night. Arrgh! That’s from hell and I don’t want any of that. So what are you going to do? Are you just going to blend in and be a happy camper? Are you just going to join in the little reindeer game? Or, are you going to handle it a little differently?
You don’t want to offend them or insult them unnecessarily, and at the same time you can’t be a compromiser or you’re a hypocrite! You’re lukewarm. “I’m a little hot when I’m over here, but I’m as cold as they are when I’m over here. I’m a corpse when I’m with them, blending in because I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings.” That’s called man-pleasing! In Galatians 1 it says if you decide you want to be a man-pleaser than you cannot any longer please God. You can’t have it both ways. So then we become as wise as serpents and innocent as doves. So what do you do?
Well, a month before their wedding you send them a gift. Maybe it doesn’t have silver paper and all the cute little bells on the top. Maybe you wrap it in a newspaper, but it’s a wonderful gift. You sacrificed to buy this gift. You put both of their names on it. Maybe in parenthesis you put their first and last “new” name (for the woman) and with a smiley face and a little note, “We’re praying for you and we hope you give your life to Jesus someday.” And you send them the gift. See, now you’re blameless because you weren’t so hyper-spiritual and religious that you refused to love anybody that isn’t a Christian yet. Yet at the same time you’re not a slave to their ways.
Perhaps you feel like if you don’t go to the wedding maybe they’ll be insulted. So what do you do? You come a little late. You make sure they see you when they’re walking up the aisle. And then when they’re up front, lying by using a religious man to bless the thing when they don’t even care about Jesus at all—that’s when you turn around and walk out. They have their back to you. They don’t even see you leave because they’re doing all this ritual stuff and lighting candles. They’re all caught up in their own rituals. But, they initially saw that you came and know you went to the trouble to be there.
You greeted them with a hug but you leave at the offensive part, whether it’s the alcohol and revelry and sick jokes, or their fake religion up front with some “holy man,” which is a demonic false religion. 1 Corinthians 10 says that if you eat from the table of demons because you’re not worshipping the true God, there’s satanic power involved. So, they are trying to bless this wedding with demons, according to Paul. This is no joke. This isn’t just sentiment. It’s not just a preference thing. There is satanic power involved in false religion.
So you want to love them without any fear, but it’s going to take creativity to do it because it’s pretty easy to fall prey to being a compromiser. You can be too spiritual and offend them unnecessarily and slam the doors closed or you can be a compromiser and sell out Jesus, compromising and disgusting Jesus by becoming like the pagans.
“Touch no unclean thing.” “Come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord (2Cor 6:17). It’s essential that we do that while we’re trying to reach out across the lines to unbelievers. It’s delicate. With wisdom and love it’s amazing what kinds of ideas you can have of ways to do really special things without having to compromise to get there. It’s a new culture—the culture of the Kingdom of God. We don’t have to live with our feet in the world and in the Kingdom of God and then try to figure out which way we’re going to dance. We can walk a new way.
This might make people angry.
Well, we’ll plant the seed-thoughts of how to go up above instead of having one foot in the world to try to please men and a foot in the Kingdom trying to decide which way to dance. Let’s just fly above it all. Let’s find a way to rise above it where we can have both things without any compromise. It’s fun, really. I know it sounds a little unsettling and a little scary, but it’s really fun. :)