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Living in Compromise Isn’t Freedom

Willem led Father up to the desk. The Gestapo chief leaned forward.

“I’d like to send you home, old fellow,” he said. “I’ll take your word that you won’t cause any more trouble.”

I could not see Father’s face, only the erect carriage of his shoulders and the halo of white hair above them. But I heard his answer. “If I go home today,” he said evenly and clearly, “tomorrow I will open my door again to any man in need who knocks.”

The amiability drained from the other man’s face. “Get back in line!” he shouted. “Schnell! This court will tolerate no more delays!” –Corrie ten Boom, the Hiding Place

Seems to me the offer would have been tempting. You’ve lived a long life. Let someone else pay the price, do the dirty work. You can’t be expected to keep on at your age.

Now add any excuse you like. Maybe it’s not age for you. Is it lack of finances? Maybe a perceived inferior intellect? Is it a traumatic past? Is it a current or ongoing hardship or difficulty? Could it be physical problems?

The enemy may not be a soldier physically standing in front of you, but the conversations are very real. There is a promise to “let you go” if you promise not to cause any more trouble.

Casper ten Boom, Corrie’s beloved father, understood that freedom isn’t about your location and comfort; true freedom is in standing in God’s truth and trusting Him explicitly.

Compromise based on any or all of the excuses above may seem reasonable, even righteous. Walk away and forget about this crazy business of being God’s heart, hands, and feet. It’s too much to ask of you.

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. –Romans 12:1 (AMP)

In light of the mercies of God, His goodness on display in your life, the only reasonable, rational, and intelligent course of action is to dedicate and present your body as a living sacrifice. That’s real freedom!

To compromise is to submit to someone or something else’s power as if it were greater than God’s. In doing so, you come under the yoke of tyranny. Compromise wants you to believe it’s freedom being offered when in reality it’s comfort, and a false one at that.

May you and I stand as Mr. ten Boom did all those years ago. When faced with the opportunity to back down, rise up in faith even when it’s darkest and say, “I’ll go. I’ll love. I’ll give. And I’ll trust my God.”

It may not get easier for you here on earth, but you’ll get the attention of eternity.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever felt pressured to compromise for comfort?

hiding-place1Welcome to week 10 of our discussion of the Hiding Place (disclosure) by Corrie Ten Boom. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!


  1. Thank you for this reminder and encouragement. I needed to hear this today.

    • Me too, brother. Thanks so much, Dusty.

  2. “Compromise wants you to believe it’s freedom being offered when in reality it’s comfort…” My struggle is recognizing the difference. I think I may be too in tune to comfort that I think it’s freedom.
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    • I’m certainly guilty. Once and always, I’m so glad He’s patient in the process and He reminds us again and again. Thank you, Kari.

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