By Kenan Knight – Future Voices of America

In an op-ed piece for the Washington Examiner Andrew Rys stated,

It pains me to see how far our nation has drifted away from the civic value of compromise.

While I see where Andrew is coming from in the fact that many times people in America are unwilling to come to reasonable compromises on certain subjects, I have a different take on how the art of compromise is actually tearing America apart.

Like it or not, America is founded on Judeo-Christian values and morals. Whether you are a Christian or not is irrelevant – there is no arguing that Judeo-Christian views shaped our young nation and allowed it to be the most prosperous and free nation the world has ever known. As I see it, where compromise has hurt our nation the most is not the lack of compromise, but the willingness of politicians, right along with average Americans, to compromise those Judeo-Christian beliefs that have been the fabric of our country for so long. John Adams said it this way,

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Think about the morals and principles we have compromised as an American people. How about the compromise on the sanctity on life? When a nation does not place value on life, they have lost their way. We want to compromise and say, “Well, at this stage it is only a ball of cells so you can really go ahead and kill it.” That is a lie that has a lasting impact not only on that family, but is so prevalent it has impacted all of society. (See our article on abortion.) The Bible says that whatever you do to the least of the people among you, you do to God. The unborn do not have their own voice, and we would rather save a tree or a polar bear than stop the murder of living human beings all because we have compromised to ourselves that they’re not really developed enough to feel pain so it’s ok – sickening.

Now that I have that off my chest, I will move on to a lighter topic of compromise, something we have all probably fallen prey to – DEBT. How easy is it to compromise and go into a little debt for that new computer you have to have. Or maybe it’s that new furniture that has 12 months no interest (I’m looking in the mirror). We have become a nation that says debt is fine. In fact, it’s what runs our economy. We all know that once you make that compromise and swipe that credit card once, it is so easy to swipe it again. A little here and a little there and, before you know it, you are in over your head. Now our country is in the same mess. And don’t fall for the lie that a country in debt is not the same as an individual in debt. Once you owe someone money you become a slave to them and you start to lose some of your freedom. America has compromised over and over again and sooner or later our debts will be called and we will look like Greece. Thomas Jefferson warned,

I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

Of course, now the administration is talking about raising the debt ceiling one more time. When will the compromising stop? We have to stop and ask oursleves, when is enough enough?

We could go on and on with this. Where do the bailouts stop? When do we start to cut off bankrupt welfare progams? When do we stop compromising truth and reason in America?

I don’t know when we stop, but I know where we have to stop. We have to stop in our own lives and homes. We have to stop compromising in all the little ways. Our highschoolers don’t need to compromise what they know is wrong and go to that party and drink. Young men and women don’t need to compromise their futures and have children out of wedlock. Our men don’t need to compromise our families and leave the home with young children to grow up without a father. Let’s make it more simple. How about we stop compromising our everyday relationships to sit in front of the TV to watch one more pointless show. Let’s turn Facebook off while we are at work and do what we get paid to do (yes, we are all guilty of this one). When we stop making little compromises in our lives we will be better able to hold those we have placed in Washington accountable to stop compromising our futures and our children’s futures.

“Compromise: An agreement between two men to do what both agree is wrong.” Lord Edward Cecil

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” Janis Joplin