Influenced By the Bones
2 Samuel 6:3
And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
David was undoubtedly one of the best men God talked about in the Scriptures. In fact, it was David that God said about him that he was a man after mine own heart. When you think of David, you do not think of compromise, but you think of a man who stood against and defeated Goliath when others ran. When you think of David, you think of the greatest king in Israel’s history. When you think of David, you think of the lineage of Christ. Yes, there was one instance when David faltered, but as a whole, David stood for right despite others around him not standing.
The verse above gives a troubling thought about David. It says that David set the ark of God upon a new cart. If anyone should have known how the ark of God was to be carried, David should have known it. Where did David learn this method of carrying the ark? He learned it by spending one year with the Philistines. What David thought would not influence him did influence him. One year with the Philistines influenced David’s thought process, which resulted in him having the ark carried the wrong way to the detriment of a man’s life. David thought he could be around compromise and spit out the bones, but he found out that the bones still influenced him for wrong.
Many preachers and good Christians have said they could read books and go to conferences of liberals and compromisers without it bothering them. They often say you can take in the good but spit out the bones. However, the bones have always influenced everyone with this mentality. Yes, some have choked on the bones and completely gone the way of the world, but many who are good people have been influenced by the bones of compromise to the demise of those around them. Let me share a few thoughts about the influence of the bones of compromise.
First, nobody is strong enough to avoid the influence of the bones of compromise. It does not matter how long you have served God and how strong of a Christian you think you may be; the influence of the bones of compromise will always influence you if you spend time around it. To think that you can learn from compromisers without them influencing you is like saying you can spend time with skunks without getting their stink on you. My friend, one minute with a compromiser is one minute of their influence on your life. What you think is innocent now will one day cause you to consider their way of compromise to your detriment. If David could not handle the influence of compromise, you certainly will not be able to handle it.
Second, every minute the bones of compromise influences you influences others around you to their detriment. Here is the most significant detriment to this mentality. Let’s just say that you can spit out the bones of compromise without it influencing you; the problem is while you are around those bones, there are others with you who are influenced by compromise that will see nothing wrong with it. Abraham thought he could spit out the bones, but his short time with compromise influenced Lot for bad. If you love those that God has given you lead, you will spend no time with the bones of compromise. The next generation needs to see people who choose only to be influenced by those who walk in truth.