2 Chronicles 18:3
“And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.”
Jehoshaphat had such a promising future when he took the throne of Judah. His heart seemed to be right, which gave him a desire to please the LORD. However, his desire to do right was quenched when he made three cataclysmic decisions. Though he never thought these decisions were that big of a deal, they not only affected his ability to lead Judah, but it also affected his children.
The first mistake he made was making friends with the wrong crowd. The Scriptures say in verse 1 that Jehoshaphat, “…joined affinity with Ahab.” This first mistake quickly led to the second mistake which was having a wrong direction. Verse 2 says, “And after certain years he went down to Ahab…” You can’t have the wrong friends without it eventually affecting your direction. His direction affected his discernment which was his third mistake. He said in the verse above, “…I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.” He thought that joining the wrong crowd for a common cause, which was a good cause, was okay. Jehoshaphat’s discernment was deeply affected in that he thought he was the same as Ahab, which was the biggest mistake of all.
Jehoshaphat’s children and grandchildren were the greatest losers in this whole ordeal. When Jehoshaphat died, his son took the throne, but he did evil because he married Ahab’s daughter. When his grandson took the throne, he did evil because he followed the advice of Ahab’s counselors. Jehoshaphat’s tragic decisions destroyed the next generation. Several lessons can be learned from Jehoshaphat’s life.
First, compromising for a common cause is never right. Just because you have a common cause with someone who calls themselves a Christian doesn’t make it right to join up with them. You can’t compromise truth to join affinity with the progressive religious crowd and still obey the truth. Truth never changes, and the very moment you compromise, you always leave the truth because truth never changes.
Second, you can’t compromise and it not affect your discernment. Jehoshaphat couldn’t even see that he was not like Ahab because compromise blinded him. The moment you compromise is when you start leaving the truth. The moment you compromise is when you will think the progressive religious people are not as bad as you thought. My friend, you cannot compromise and it not affect your ability to discern the wrong crowd. Let me make this clear; you are nothing like the religious crowd who won’t stand true to the King James Bible. You have no business joining affinity with them for any cause because once you do, it will affect your discernment, which results in justifying compromising change.
Third, the biggest loser when you compromise is always the next generation. You cannot compromise without your children making friends with the wrong crowd. If you want your children to serve the LORD without compromise, you would be wise not to join up for any cause with those who don’t believe like you, or who don’t serve the LORD as you have served Him. You are guaranteed to lose your children to the religious progressives if you choose to compromise.