Compromise, some hail it as needful in a mature adult and others view it as selling out one’s beliefs. I’m all for compromising on the little things, the old adage “Pick your battles wisely.” I believe applies as a mature adult especially as a mature Christian.
As you will probably agree, there are some things we need to be flexible on and some things that we need to stand firm on. Personal matters of preference are obviously things that one needs to be flexible on and Biblical pillars of the faith are obviously things we need to stand firm on.
The compromise question arises in my mind when it involves something I feel needs a firm stance, but the means of doing so might be open to personal interpretation.
If you have followed my blog for any time, you realize that I firmly believe that God hates abortion. That according to His word killing innocent babies is murder. So, that is a ‘stand firm issue’. No compromise on the abortion issue. It is wrong and I’m fairly vocal on it being wrong. I have also been fairly liberal in sharing graphic photographic portrayals of the results of abortion and comparisons between abortion and other actions that are or were equally wrong on my personal facebook page. Thus enters the dilemma. Is my liberal sharing of graphic images simply shedding light upon a barbarously, horrific practice, or is it over the top and in bad taste especially considering small children might be exposed to such images?
Abortion is a practice that must be brought into the light. As a Christian we are called to be salt and light. Salt is supposed to prevent or at least slow down spoilage and decay. Light exposes and eliminates darkness. Light and darkness do not coexist. Where there is light, darkness is not and where there is darkness, light is not.
Whereas the darkness of pornography (showing the nude bodies and such that people look at and watch so that people who don’t take part in the sexual sins associated with pornography become involuntarily involved), for instance doesn’t need to be shown because we know what the human body looks like and we know that God has told us not to look at the nude bodies of anyone but our spouse, abortion on the other hand masquerades as light. Even Christians often fall into the trap of thinking of abortion as ‘A woman’s right to choose’, ‘woman’s healthcare’, etc..
The question then comes down to this, how far is too far when exposing evil? Is it stepping down from one’s stand against evil to leave the mask on abortion so that children will not be exposed to the horrors of its evil? Or is it peaceable, godly virtue to limit the graphic images to sites that only older teens and adults would see?
I would love to have your feedback on this. For now I’ve decided to limit my sharing of such images to Twitter as links with probably a warning that the image is graphic. Do you feel compelled to cry out for those who can’t cry out for themselves? If so, how, to what extent, and where do you do so? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Proverbs 31:8 “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.”