The War Will Follow

Jeremiah 42:16
“Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.”

The people of Judah had an unrealistic desire for peace without war. When Jeremiah prophesied to the people of the advancing armies and commanded them to stay in the land, they refused to stay and fight for what they knew was right. Instead, they wanted to go to Egypt where they thought they could live in peace. Jeremiah warned the remnants of Judah that the war will follow if they say, “…we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet…” He told them that the “sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt.”

My friend, there is no such thing as peace without war. The unrealistic mindset that the remnant of Judah had is still the mindset of many people today. You will never have peace with the enemy by being nice to them, but the only thing you do with this mentality is that you set yourself up for weakness. It is unrealistic to think that a despotic leader understands kindness and will surrender to their driving desire to rule everyone because of kindness. The peace without war mentality has only led to the growth of evil.

Likewise, the defense of truth cannot be done without believers taking a strong stand for truth. If you stand for truth, you are going to have to fight battles. The idea that truth can continue without a battle will never happen because Satan will never surrender his despotic agenda without a fight. If truth is going to be propagated without compromise, someone is going to have to fight for it. The defense of truth means that someone has to fight the compromising spiritual leaders who would rather make peace with the world than to take a stand for right.

Moreover, the war you despise will follow you even if you compromise truth. You are going to find that compromise creates greater conflicts. The easing of the fight for truth only allows sin to grow. I have watched many preachers who didn’t like the battle have to fight battles later with their own family. If these preachers had taken a strong stand when compromise hadn’t touched their families, they would never have to take a strong stand against their own children’s compromise. At some point you are going to have to fight for truth. At some point you are going to have to tell your children, “No.” The war will follow you no matter where you choose to stop moving.

My friend, the answer to keeping truth preeminent is to take a stand before compromise enters the borders of your church and family. At some point you are going to have to take a stand. At some point you are going to be the bad guy. At some point someone is not going to like what you say. It is always better to be the bad guy because you stand for truth than it is to be the bad guy for not continuing the compromising ways.

I know that nobody likes the uncomfortable moments when you have to stand for truth, but it is always better to trumpet truth and not move than it is to fight compromise once its entered the borders of your church and home. Don’t believe the Devil’s lie that there will be peace if you will just compromise truth. Compromise never brings peace; it only brings greater conflict and heartache.

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