At ____ church/ministry/blog we are all about:
- UNCOMPROMISING Biblical teaching!
- An UNCOMPROMISING commitment to the Truth!
- UNCOMPROMISING Gospel message!
Okay. That’s nice. It sounds really good. The problem is that in this context uncompromising is code for: If you disagree with my stance on issues that I have decided are important, you are wrong and you don’t get to join my club and my club is the only club in the universe that matters.
When it’s said straight out, it’s easy to dismiss that kind of thinking as unfortunate silliness. But when the big important word UNCOMPROMISING is used with other big important words like Biblical and Truth it becomes much harder to dismiss. Doing so leaves you with… compromising.
No one wants to be caught in a compromising position.
The words we use matter. I think UNCOMPROMISING is one of the least helpful words in Christianity at the moment. It has become a tool of theological bullying. Until that gets sorted out – maybe you know how to sort it? – remember, you are not putting your soul at risk by disagreeing with someone who tells you they are UNCOMPROMISING. And if you want to describe your commitment to Jesus, maybe a different word would serve you better for now.
12 July 2012