It can be exhausting to try to get through the day as someone with values. Something is demanding that you compromise on your values around every corner. Navigating a world rife with moral compromises tests the resolve of those who hold steadfast to their values. It often feels like a relentless battle against a tide of indifference to righteousness, mercy, and justice. In a society where self-interest frequently trumps principles, standing firm can be a lonely journey. The question looms: How can one maintain a stain-free moral compass amidst the world’s moral decay? (James 1:27)
Consider the biblical reassurance that “no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). This reminds us that the struggles we face are shared by humanity. However, it also provides assurance of God’s faithfulness. He not only limits our trials to what we can withstand, but he also provides an escape route in every temptation. With His help, we can withstand and emerge unscathed from the world’s corrosive forces. There is something to be said about being “overly righteous”, a decision that might destroy you according to Ecclesiastes 7: 15-18. However, that is a topic for another day.
In a world where the allure of compromise is strong, remember that your values are your anchor. As we watch the world’s moral fabric strain, let us draw strength from our faith and the examples of those who walked the righteous path before us. You are not the last uncompromisingly righteous person walking this blue-green planet. David Green, the Christian and billionaire founder of retail behemoth Hobby Lobby, found himself embroiled in a pivotal US Supreme Court case involving the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Despite intense legal and public scrutiny, Green stood firm, believing that compliance would violate his deep religious convictions. He won.