We live in a world of conflict. Since contention is of the devil, and is also self-destructive, we are required to make choices to prevent it, avoid it, or eliminate it altogether. Compromise is the world’s solution to prevent or avoid contention (BTW: it never eliminates it). In a compromise at least one side, if not both sides, must give up or surrender to the other, in order to move forward. While compromise might put-off contention for a short time, it’s only a short-term solution of sweeping things under the rug. Compromise is not a solution, but a temporary relief.
Conversation is the work required to discover the proper order of heaven, in order to eliminate contention. Since we are all within the veil, God gave us scripture to teach the order of heaven. As we follow that prescription, we would meet together oft to work through and understand the words of Christ ourselves. When we are doing as God prescribed, we will know it, because it ought to produce on earth exactly what is done in heaven (literally).
However, just like the people of King Noah at the time of Abinadi, we too are caught up in sin, and our time is occupied in our bondage to our Lamanite captors, such that we have no room for long-term, working, conversations on the words of Christ. This condition has gradually taken us over, and it almost feels like it’s natural, acceptable, common, and non-threatening. This is the result of compromise.
Amon was sent by King Mosiah to find the people of Zeniff (Mosiah 7). When he finds them, Zeniff is dead, his son (King Noah) was burned by the people, and Limhi (King Noah’s son) is the new King, in bondage to the Lamanites. The have tried and failed to fight their way out of bondage, producing nothing but death. The people are forced to continue to provide for their needs, while paying one-half of everything to the Lamanites. They are finally awakened to their awful situation, and spend every spare moment seeking an escape from their bondage.
“36. And now all the study of Amon and his people, and King Limhi and his people, was to deliver themselves out of the hands of the Lamanites and from bondage.”
When we choose to wake-up to our awful situation, to realize that Limhi’s condition is not very different from our own, that is when the work of conversations will become important to us. If we never wake-up, the conversation-work will never happen. And our complacency will be the our destruction.
Conclusion: Complacency and compromise are very closely related words. Complacency comes from Latin, meaning satisfaction, pleasure, or to be pleased. when we are complacent, we seek to be pleased. Compromise also comes from Latin, meaning to make a mutual promise, or an agreement of a future result. Compromise is the foundation of secret combinations.
Only a people who are pleased with themselves, refuse to seek change (repentance). And they make promises, laws, and secret combinations, to maintain their level of pleasure. Thus, a people who are complacent, and make compromises, are ripened for destruction.
Those who are awake and recognize their awful situation will seek to talk, rejoice, preach, and prophesy of Christ. Lets talk!