Have you compromised? If your answer is "yes" or "no", the next question we need to ask is, How does it show in my life?
The church in Pergamum struggled with attempting to "blend" their faithful, Christian life with the worldly life of the culture of Pergamum. Jesus called for the Christian requirement of sharp discrimination between right and wrong living in our lives. Jesus is reminding the church in Pergamum (& us!) to live differently than the culture that surrounds us. So...are we different enough from our culture? Are we LIVING Christ's example?
In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.
Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.
As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?