Most people are familiar with the phrase, “It’s the small foxes that spoil the vine.” It is actually a paraphrase of Song of Solomon 2:15, which says, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” This scripture refers to a time when foxes in search of food would enter a farmer’s grape orchard, devour the grapes, and spoil his crop. And because the smaller foxes were unable to reach the grape bunches, they would chew on the vines to make the bunches drop, ultimately destroying the vines. As a result, the farmer lost more than just his crop; he also lost his vines-the source of future crops.
In our society, many people compromise their values, beliefs, and morals for wealth, social status, a mate, notoriety, or promotion. I have also seen Christians fall into the trap of situation ethics by compromising their faith, convictions, and even the Word of God in an attempt to fit in. They believe that as long as they don’t commit what they perceive as “major” sins such as murder, adultery, and so on, God will overlook the “little” things such as gossiping, complaining, unforgiveness, or compromising the truth.
Believers must not compromise, even in the midst of changing norms and values. Too many Christians are looking the other way instead of taking a stand against sin. It is our responsibility to uphold God’s Word as the final authority in the earth in these last days and be an example of truth, light, and love to the world. We cannot do that if we are blending in rather than being set apart.
Remember, it’s the “little” foxes that spoil the vine. Therefore, don’t allow your desire to “fit in” or to be popular to cause you to compromise your faith or moral convictions. And don’t manipulate scripture to justify your actions, by trying to make the Bible fit your desires rather than allowing it to transform and renew your mind to its truths. I encourage you to identify the areas in your life where you may be tempted to compromise. Then make a decision to exemplify godly character by doing what’s right because it’s right.
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