Forest dwellers call the Matador vine “the murderer”
At first, its slender stem creeps along the ground, but once it meets a vigorous tree, the Matador cleaves to the trunk and climbs it. As it climbs, it sends out arm-like tendrils that continue to grow larger and clasp tighter.
The Matador continues to climb the tree until, as if in triumph, it shoots a huge, flowery head above the strangled tree’s summit. From there this “murderer” scatters its seeds to repeat the work of death.
Throughout South East Asia we see evidence of another “strangler” – the strangler fig tree which has an aggressive growth habit that insures its survival in the rainforest.
Its life begins not in the ground, but in a crevice or the crook of a branch. The seedlings grow slowly at first, getting nutrients from the sun, rain and leaf litter that has collected on the host. The strangler fig puts out lots of leaves that soon grow thicker than the host tree and rob it of sun light.
It also sends out many thin roots that snake down the trunk of the host tree or dangle as aerial roots from its branches. When the roots reach the ground they dig in and put on a growth spurt, competing with the host tree for water and nutrients.
They also send out a network of roots that encircle the host tree and fuse together. As the roots grow thicker they squeeze the trunk of its host and cut off its flow of nutrients. Eventually the host dies from strangulation, insufficient sunlight and root competition, and the strangler fig stands on its own. A hollow centre is all that remains of the host.
Temples and buildings which have been “devoured” by the strangler fig are a tourist attraction.
We can look at the results of a strangler fig and marvel at the awesome sights – but the strangler fig is a murderer. It slowly killed the host tree in order to survive.
Just like that vine,
COMPROMISE WITH THE WORLD
will choke the spiritual life of the believer
who allows it to grow and send out its tendrils.
The host tree had no defence.
It could not fight back.
We are WITHOUT EXCUSE!
We have all the resources of God at our disposal and can – not in our own strength, but in the power He gives – say a resounding “NO!” to compromise. We are to avoid all appearance of evil and to allow one “dubious” activity is to let the thin edge of the wedge make an inroad which leads to destruction.
Mr Anon says:
# Compromise leads to compromise – which leads to compromise. . . . .
# ANYTHING that takes God’s place is OUT of place.
# Many things are worse than defeat and compromise is one of them.
Compromise will TAKE you FURTHER
than you ever thought you’d STRAY
Compromise will KEEP you LONGER
than you ever thought you’d STAY
Compromise will COST you MORE
than you ever thought you’d PAY