An Incremental Thing
Poetry by Lance Landall


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An Incremental Thing
Poetry by Lance Landall

Dare to be a Daniel, but hey, what’s a little compromise,
Seems to be an attitude, that today is on the rise.
Yes, stand up for your beliefs, let the world know where you stand,
But what’s a little compromise; after all, they’ll understand.

It’s clear to me, that compromise, is an incremental thing,
Fueled by, “The end justifies the means,” that many these days sing.
It all starts with that first step, down the compromising track,
Which occurs when one’s thinking starts to get a little slack.

One cannot be a Daniel, and a compromiser too,
As that’s an oxymoron, that’s like selling non-stick glue.
So, either we’re a Daniel, or a Daniel we are not,
As a person can’t be both; and hypocrisy, folk will spot.

When it comes to what God wants, and Scripture’s admonition,
There clearly isn’t any room, for a Laodicean condition.
We’re either heading upwards, or making our way downhill,
And only heading upwards, will fulfill our Father’s will.

If something is wrong, it’s wrong, it’s no good saying it’s right,
In fact, it’s called delusion, when what’s black, we treat as white.
It’s the same with compromise, for that’s kidding ourselves too,
That we can be like Daniel, yet, questionable things pursue.

Dare to be a Daniel, but hey, what’s a little compromise;
I don’t mean to trivialize, but let’s not over-emphasize.
Yes, sing dare to be a Daniel, but hey, not too frequently,
After all, it’s just a song, taken far too seriously.

Well, such sentiments don’t gel, with either God or Daniel,
And if they don’t gel with them, I believe they’ll lead to ill.
Yes, neither God nor Daniel, ever sought to compromise,
Therefore, our witness, and their example, should harmonize.