Uncompromising seems to have a bad vibe about it these days. It sounds a lot like unwavering. Unwilling to give in. One dictionary defines uncompromising as unwilling to grant concessions or negotiate; inflexible. Another says that uncompromising includes an unwillingness to changes ways or opinions.
So to find a compromise with someone, we need to change? What ever happened to “agree to disagree”? That’s a compromise isn’t it? Why should I change who I am, what I believe in, or my even-if-wrong opinions so that I compromise with someone? People can still get along without necessarily agreeing on all things.
Apostle Paul—that Pharisee-turned-Messianic Believer in Yeshua—suggested “If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18) He didn’t mean to change our ways or opinions in order to make peace. According to Barnes’ Notes: “If it be possible – If it can be done. This expression implies that it could not always be done. Still it should be an object of desire; and we should endeavor to obtain it. As much as lieth in you – This implies two things: (1) We are to do our utmost endeavors to preserve peace, and to appease the anger and malice of others. (2) we are not to “begin” or to “originate” a quarrel.
I think Apostle Paul would discourage changing our ways in order to make peace.
King David wrote: “Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.” (Psalm 26:1) A commentary on this verse from Daily Tehillim says King David is talking about his “refusal to participate in the schemes and machinations of evil men.”
If we, as King David said, walk in integrity AND trust the L-RD, we are unwavering. Uncompromising.
We can all get along with out compromising our beliefs, our opinions, our ways. We can all be uncompromising, yet live in harmony, live in peace. We simple dee to recognize others’ right to live uncompromising as well.
L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .