The other day I was listening to Rush Limbaugh as is my custom and I thought he made a really good point in talking about the handful of congressmen who tried to cut a deal with the Democrats on energy. His point was basically that these guys don’t realize that they are at war with Liberalism. When you are at war you do not make deals. You do not accept compromise.
I think the same point could be applied to our spiritual life, and even to life in the Church. Consider the war that exists between our flesh and the Spirit. The Devil is very good at deceiving us into thinking that we can “cut a deal” with our flesh, or give in to its desires just a little bit, but what we fail to realize is that the flesh will never (willingly) give in to the desires of the Spirit. In a war, there can be no compromises.
This rule also applies to our life in the Church, at least to some degree. The Lutherans who penned the Formula of Concord certainly understood that when you are at war, there can be no compromises. This was largely the point behind the article on adiaphora, or “non-essentials.” Some ceremonies and rites that otherwise were adiaphora ceased to be “indifferent” when the enemies of the Gospel insisted on their usage.
Christians need to remember that we are at war with our flesh at all times, and should not give in even in the least bit to its urgings. The same is true of the Church as a whole, against whom the gates of hell continually rage. Christ has promised that those gates will not prevail against her, but we shouldn’t forget that in a war, there can be no compromises. When there are compromises and deals cut with our flesh or enemies of the true Gospel, the Christian and the true Church are always the ones who suffer.