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Compromise is defined as the expedient acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable. The elements include, firstly, expediency, which is the insidious attitude that undermines the ideal through strong mitigation. Secondly, this strong mitigation causes us to water down our standards and create a new normal which is undesirable. Thirdly, once we accept the new normal as operating behaviour, we begin to acclimatize to it and entertain it. Fourthly, the ideals will put up a fight to try and reclaim lost ground. Depending on how this goes, we can either have a renewal and revival; or we can slump into a state of acceptance of this new state as normative. This end us up in a state of apostasy, which is a state of spiritual fallenness.

In today's passage, the children of Israel had gone through the entire process of fallenness, and Elijah the prophet is sent by God to challenge their apostasy. He asked them, " how long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord I'd God, serve Him, but if Baal is God, serve him" (1 Kings 18:21). It would appear that the Israelites had perfected the art of deception by paying lip service to God while keeping faith with Baal. Elijah calls them out on this. He demands that they stop straddling between God and Baal, and choose one, and stick with their choice. However he is keen to prove who is God between Adonai Elohim and Baal. He proposes a contest which ends up being a no brainer for God, and Baal is humiliated before his erstwhile adherents.

How can we protect ourselves against compromise? Firstly, we have to insist on receiving authentic faith. We have to be careful that we are not in deception. Secondly, we must go through the entire formation process without shortcuts. Thirdly, we must give ourselves to constant interrogation of our faith by our mentors. Fourthly, we must set up spiritual beacons that define our boundaries so we can never stray.

In 1Corinthians 2:1 - 5 we learn several principles that help to be grounded in the things of God. Firstly we learn that we should operate in the ways of God which means that our ethos should be alined to the character and nature of God. Secondly we learn that we must have an undivided heart in pursuit of God so that we can know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. thirdly our faith must rest on the authenticity on the wisdom and the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2: 4 - 5 “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power”.

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