Slow Fade into Compromise

“You can look the other way once, and it’s no big deal, except it makes it easier for you to compromise the next time, and pretty soon that’s all you’re doing; compromising, because that’s the way you think things are done. You know those guys I busted? You think they were the bad guys? Because they weren’t, they weren’t bad guys, they were just like you and me. Except they compromised… Once.” -Jack Bauer (24 12:00am-1:00am, 2001)

An Oasis Christian Community worship leader read this quote while introducing the Casting Crowns song “Slow Fade”.  The thought fits perfectly.  Too often we deceive ourselves into thinking that we will compromise just this one time.  We will give into sin just this once.  It won’t hurt anyone.  Soon we are not fleeing from youthful lusts and pursuing righteousness, faith, love and peace with others (2 Timothy 2:22), but are sliding or running down the slippery slope of sin.

Our conscience is slowly seared and numbed as we turn black and white issues into gray.  Our heart starts to long for self-centered things over the things of God.  We are caught up in a snare and unintentionally bring others into the trap with us.  Sometimes we eventually move into a realm of intentionally trying to bring others down the slope with us.   We begin to live out the negative examples that the apostle Paul warns about in 2 Timothy.

Let us heed the words of Scripture that were unintentionally captured by Jack Bauer and intentionally captured in the song “Slow Fade”:

Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

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