Which do you choose when your survival is at stake: Principle or Expediency?
Expediency… of course! Isn’t survival the name of the game? Few of us, after all, have the “gift” of martyrdom!
Only a fool would die for a principle… Unless he had grasped the fact that a holy God will ultimately hold him accountable for his actions:
“Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that… God will bring you to judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9b)
The other evening my wife and I were interacting with a couple whose business is in a free fall. As we discussed options to rescue their company, it became apparent that without batting an eye they had already chosen a path for survival that was in clear violation of Biblical values.
Patently, they had opted for EXPEDIENCY OVER PRINCIPLE.
In reflecting on this couple’s unwillingness to trust God in a time of crisis, I was reminded of Christ’s question:
“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)
Because, when push comes to shove, only a man with a deep abiding faith in God and His promises would even consider choosing PRINCIPLE OVER EXPEDIENCY.
Daniel was one such man, as he chose to live a Biblically principled life amidst unprincipled, hostile pagans. Often his decisions were made at great personal risk:
“The administrators and the satraps (governors) tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” (Daniel 6:4)
Like Daniel, we are confronted daily with choices between PRINCIPLE OR EXPEDIENCY.
How we choose will be determined by whom we trust and fear the most:
God or man.