Big Idea

Truth is a rock that cannot be moved.

Scene Setup

Peggy Carter, a woman loved by and lost to Captain Rogers because of his decades in suspended animation, has died. Rogers heads to London to attend her funeral and gets a surprise.

Topics

Good, Corrupt, Faithfulness, truth, Compromise

Scene

A woman, Sharon Carter, who had posed as the next-door-neighbor of Rogers, steps to the lectern. She reveals that she is actually Peggy Carter's niece. In awe of her aunt, she was shy about revealing their relationship. But she did remember, quite vividly, her aunt's advice about right and wrong. Her Aunt Peggy told her: "Compromise where you can. Where you can't, don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say, 'No. You move.'"

Application

Sharon Carter has learned an invaluable lesson from her Aunt Peggy. When it is possible, in order to get along with others, compromise. But when it is not, absolutely don't, regardless of the temptation or pressure to do so. We live in an age where compromise is king. Now, compromise can be useful in solving problems. When bigger issues are at stake, and principles are not, we should be willing to give a little, even if it hurts us, to gain a greater good. Examples of compromise in Scripture involve non-essentials such as whether 1st-century Christians could eat meat sacrificed to idols. Even though idols are nothing but stone and wood, and there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the act, the Apostle Paul warned that what we eat is not as important as whether or not our brother stumbles, so we should compromise and not eat in such situations. Similarly, it is better to be defrauded than to drag a brother or sister in Christ into a secular court. The witness of the Church is more important that our temporal comfort. But when principle is at stake, when the truth is on the line, we are to stand firm, unmoved. The Romans wanted the early Christians to compromise, to be part of the "ecumenical community" at the time by compromising on the claim that Jesus is the only true God. They wanted Christians to give the emperor his due, and not unduly upset other worshippers of other deities. Instead, the early Christians were charged with "atheism" by the ancient Romans for their refusal to bow before the pantheon or to submit to Caesar as a god. The persecution was severe, but the Church did not bend. No matter how many people, cultures, or governments proclaim that a lie is the truth, it is still a lie. No matter how many proclaim evil to be good, it is still evil. The obligation of a follower of Jesus is to stand firm in rejecting sin, and proclaiming the truth about the person of Christ and the Kingdom of God. We cannot, will not be moved.

 

Where To Find


Scriptures

Isaiah 5:20

2 Corinthians 6:14-16

1 Corinthians 15:33-34

Romans 12:17-18

Isaiah 33:15-16


Video Times

Start: 0:31:57

End: 0:33:42


Keywords

Stand Firm, Compromise, Truth, Bad Company, Morals, Corrupt, Corruption, Good, Evil, Faithful, Faithfulness


Illustration Sermon General Warning

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