Esther 3:1-2

After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes who were with him. And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage.

Mordecai refused to give in to Haman’s intimidation and pressure to bow and pay homage to him. Mordecai was not willing to compromise his values as a Jew, in a foreign land. True, it is a common saying, “if you cannot beat them, you join them”. But the Bible says, “If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring” (Proverbs 25:26 New Living Translation). In other words, standing up against the wicked is a righteous thing; but to act contrary is unrighteousness. 

Compromise destroys honour and brings regrets afterwards. More importantly, it provides the breeding ground for wickedness to flourish in a community or nation. Beloved, God is not sitting on the fence on this matter. Jude tells us clearly, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). That means, God will protect you through the tough moments of refusing to trade off your values, to please the wicked. On the contrary, when you give in to pressure and intimidation of the wicked for quick gains, Proverbs 25:26 likens it to polluting a stream, which makes it unusable. In addition, the messed up stream also paints a picture of the ripple effect of compromise on our influence with people.

Beloved, let us resist the pressure to pollute the sphere of our influence or compromising our position. Our decision to stand against the intimidation of the wicked sets the stage for our uncommon promotion. That was the story of Mordecai and Daniel (Esther 6:7-12; Daniel 2:46-48). That will be your story, too, as you say no to compromising godly value.

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