I Won’t Back Down

Rock-ribbed stances for right are in short supply.  So is wise compromise.  These seeming contradictions are not actually so, and both play parts in the lives of effective people.  See, a stance for right is right only if the position is right.  Real truth is not a subjective thing, but many times we deal with shades of truth and falsehood which require wisdom to divine.  At this point that sage acquisition enters the picture.  There are, truthfully, some things that cannot be firmly established in this life, or the admixture of good and evil is so complicated as to disallow clean surgery.  In addition, though the purest position may, indeed, be the most correct, not all truth is of the same level, and application may determine correctness.

There are some things we should be willing to die for.  Many of these will be relationships, and we could say that all ultimate truths have something to do with such bonds.  In so doing, we will expand relationships to include those of country and ideas.  For me, all life-risking realities find footing in God’s Word.  Even Scripture may be (in some instances) subject to interpretation, but the central truths of the Bible are well-established and appear times over in the Old and New Covenants.  There are those who will tamp down biblical injunctions.  Such pit passages against one another which are intended to compliment the counterpart.  Very often societal issues play large roles in changing positions and policies of even the devout.

When people want to do wrong, they will tell you what time it is.  Ultimate truth is not connected to the calendar, although certain realities may be integral to a time period.  Each person will face particulars during their lifetime which are not matters of life and death but deserve or require address.  These are issues for which a person would not die but on which a person would debate.  I wouldn’t die for it, but I’d fight about it.  Through this lens, we see important issues (which may, indeed, become critical in time) in their infancy.  There are practices hard to define as “immoral” which may deserve that moniker when grown.  It is important that we avoid some things, regard others with suspicion and learn to manage the rest.

There are some things I would die for, some things I would fight for (but not die for), and some things I would not die for or fight for but would fuss about.  Being oft injured, I have learned that you can’t risk your neck or resort to fisticuffs on every issue.  In a perfect world, lots of stuff just wouldn’t come up.  Things being as they are, however, we must learn to live short of our desires.  This idea was in view when Paul said we cannot go out of the world.  It is also a partial application of Jesus’ Parable of the Wheat and Tares.  Until the end of time, we will have to learn to “live with the weeds.”  That little can be done on some points does not mean we have to like or accept as reasonable situations beyond our control.

The key is to know when to stand when to give.  When issues of God’s truth are at stake, we should “do right if the stars fall.”  However, it is often true that matters of preference are not worthy of the ultimate sacrifice.  In such instances, there may be room for compromise though the concerned rue considered results.  None of us knows what the future holds though history indicates that the trend is down.  This, and the plain fact that it is impossible to ultimately redeem the fallen world before the end, reminds Christians not to desire the things of earth but to set their affections on things above.  Believers will be tested time and again as to their mettle and may well find themselves standing at the gates of hell.

Sterl

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