By WILLIAM J. KELLY
This is a word we hear a lot these days in political discussion. I thought I would look up the definition of compromise in the Oxford. As a noun, it means an agreement reached by each side making concessions; also something that is half way between conflicting elements. As a verb, I selected this one: accept standards that are lower than is desirable for practical reasons.
Today, we Christians are constantly being harassed by the federal government, pro-abortion groups and gay rights organizations to compromise our beliefs about freedom and morality. In other words, we are asked to do all the compromising by giving in to government edicts, such as ObamaCare, and immorality, such as abortion and gay rights. It is we who must do the compromising, not those who believe in killing babies, same sex marriage and those slowly but surely taking away our freedoms guaranteed to us in our constitution.
I do not think it is possible for Christians to compromise on these subjects. Here is the problem we Christians have (you may have read this in the Link publication on Page 1): “Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home.” How true that is! That’s what Christians do now. Most go home and do nothing and even vote for these evils. What do you, think?
Lent began with Ash Wednesday, this year on March 5, and ends April 20, Easter Sunday. For those who receive ashes on this day, it is a reminder that we came from dust and to dust we will return. It is the beginning of a 40-day period of prayer and sacrifice prior to the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter Sunday.
You probably remember as a child how hard it was to give up candy for 40 days, but the reward on Easter Sunday morning was a big basket full of candy, your Easter basket. Sundays are not part of lent because they commemorate the resurrection, but my parents required we four boys to fast — not eat candy — on Sundays as well. This taught us that we could discipline ourselves, and this was a great aid in our adult life.