As a father shows compassion to His children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:13-14 ESV)
Years ago my daughters loved to watch a children’s show, ‘The Big Comfy Couch’ that featured two rather odd guest stars – twin, talking dust bunnies that lived under a couch. When they appeared, the girls would squeal with glee!
This was brilliant casting on the part of the show’s creators. I mean, it gave mothers everywhere license to not move furniture in order to sweep. Come on! Who wanted to be known as a dust bunny killer? No longer were rolling, living room tumbleweeds an embarrassment. On the contrary, by allowing them to flourish, I was actually showing sensitivity to the girls’ comfy couch culture.
Dust bunnies aren’t the only compromise that can come into our lives. Often things that typically shamed us – once culturally acceptable – we suddenly embrace:
Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. (Jeremiah 6:15a ESV)
When was the last time you blushed?
Some would tell us to be tolerant and accept change; in order to be ‘culturally relevant’. While I understand that we do want to reach out to all, we also need to be diligent to not compromise and embrace as acceptable the very things that God calls us to set people free from. No, instead we need to lead them to Christ where they can have their sinful lives swept clean.
Father, we thank You that You are not a respecter of people, that You show compassion for those who fear You, and that You died for all. Help us to live out our lives with sensitivity and love to those around us who are hurting and need You, while at the same time not offending You – the One who knows our very frames and love us most. Amen!
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