All of us have beliefs that we carry around with us everyday. Those ideas are constantly under attack from many sources, asking us to change and acquiesce to another point of view. Here are a few of the sources for this onslaught of compromise:
Television and Advertising When we choose to watch TV, we also choose to listen and watch that may be offensive to our belief system. One way I notice this is accomplished is by trying to get us to laugh at something we are against such as when Archie Bunker debuted on All in the Family. Racism was one of the main topics, and humor was used to try to change the mind of those who watched it so they could be influenced by Archie's view of life. We find this same concept in many of the sitcoms that are popular today: putting down certain races, blondes, parents, etc. If you look closely at what you are watching, the underlying theme is denigrating what people espouse as their beliefs, whether or not you share them.
Advertising tries to make us dissatisfied with who we are now, so we will become something else laid out for us by the person paying for it. This comes in the form of diets, making more money, the latest fashions, new technology, the latest toys, faster cars, etc. This is what drives the economy, people being unhappy with what they have now and opting for something more in vogue.
Some things in our lives perhaps need to be changed, but we must weigh the item against our standard, whatever it is, and not do it just because it is in fashion or other superficial reasons. If we claim to have a standard, then we must use it for our benefit, otherwise what is the use of having it?
Omission Most of us may have never thought of omission as a means of compromise, but it is. The reason that is true, is that when we allow things to happen in our presence or perimeter, we are silently agreeing with it. Let's use the example of a bar coming into your neighborhood. A petition comes around your neighborhood against the opening or expanding of a bar, and you fail to sign it for whatever reason. You have just allowed compromise against what you said you believed by not signing that petition..
Another facet of this idea is what you permit to happen in your personal presence. If you allow someone to swear in front of you without registering at least discomfort so that they know it, you are actually saying to the person you don't mind being subjected to this language, no matter what you say verbally. One man, when his barber swore in his presence said this, "Why must God damn it?"
Checking it out What would you think of a Christian who went to a pornography film? Right! That person has no business being there, considering what they profess to believe. The test of what we believe is not in what we say but how we live out our lifestyles. I am against the Harry Potter films, so I did not go to see them, no matter how popular they were. I don't need to check out what I am against, I already know enough about it to be against it, so why should I compromise my beliefs by going to see it.
Philosophy The content of a program can also lead to compromise. If you are watching a program with the subject of yoga, and you are against practicing this in your life, why are you watching the program? You are telling yourself, "I don't believe in yoga but I am willing to be convinced otherwise" by continuing to watch it.
Philosophy can also be transmitted through listening to the radio, what we read, and many other ways. The question must be asked, do you really believe what you say you do if you are allowing these other ideas to be propagated in your presence.
How compromise is coped with
Legalism Some religions set up rules of how to dress, talk, or act in every situation. Their means of defeating compromise is to have it all written down as do's and don'ts for their adherents to follow.
By the issue Others take each issue separately and decide what is right and wrong for them, instead of generalizing all elements within that idea. For example, one could evaluate each movie that comes out by what is written from different sources and what their friends said, instead of condemning going to the movies wholesale.
Each person has a list inside of them of what they believe. Will you change what you believe in favor of what is being said or viewed? What consequences will happen to you mentally and spiritually because of what you are doing and allowing to be done to you?
Great article Mr. Langerock. As the saying goes, "Bad company spoils good manners". And television is full of bad company.
Infact, we are bombarded with so many bad influences I pity children growing up in these times. So much is being thrown at them. And they don't always have the wisdom to discern good from bad. Especially with society trying to pass bad off for good. The Lord Bless You.