It does matter who hang around with and who you allow into your inner circle; it does matter. Research has proven that we are the sum total of the personalities of the five closest people to us. Thus, the adage, show me your friend, and I will show you your character. The Scriptures says, “Don’t be deceived; bad company corrupts good manners.”
When you hang around people who are broken, our compassion makes us feel and understand what they think, but that doesn’t mean that I should take up their mindset. Compassion becomes perversion when we reduce our convictions to embrace the broken. Christianity is not a calling into isolation, where we isolate ourselves entirely from people due to their negativities; poor, broken, rude, hot-tempered, gay, bully, busted, or naughty. But Christianity is not compromise either.
Many Christians complain to God that people take advantage of their good heart, their compassion, their generosity, when that is not the case. They then want to isolate themselves. But we are the Light of the World. The deepest darkness needs the most light. We are that light. No need to squirm and hide your light.
If no isolation at one extreme, no compromise at other extreme either. When people hang out with the poor and then develop a negative attitude against the rich. Pastors who accept everyone for who they are, even homosexuals, then develop a theology that supports homosexuality.
How are you bringing light when you became darkness?
Hanging out with people who don’t believe in godly values doesn’t mean we have to take up their conviction. It is wrong to avoid gays because you’re the help from God they need. But it is equally wrong when we try to defend their stance as though it is right. That is NOT compassion. That is compromise.
You don’t have to change your convictions to love a homosexual. You’re not even helping the homosexual when you change your convictions.
Jesus had great compassion for the lady who committed adultery and was about to be stoned. Jesus didn’t condemn her. Neither did He support her. Love is NOT compromise. Love is a life-changer.
The whole sexual crisis in our world today is an identity crisis; be it homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, transsexual, transgender, queer or what have you. And just like Jesus did for the adulterous woman, our uncompromising Compassion is what will change their lives for the better.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my Unfailing Love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed”, says the LORD, “who has compassion on you”.
I love you ❤