Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Standing Alone

In the third chapter of Daniel, the scene changes.
King Nebuchadnezzar has built a statue that stands
480 feet high, of solid gold. He sets up the image on
the plains of Dura and invites all leaders and their people
from Babylon and all the surrounding provinces. Talk
about an ego trip! As they stand before the statue they
are told that when the band begins to play they must
fall down and worship. Moreover, to refuse to bow
would result in a fiery death. "Therefore, as soon as all 
the peoples heard the sound...of every kind of music, 
all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and 
worshiped the golden image..."  Well, not all fell down--
Three men stood upright and alone.

What was it like for these three men? Initially, did they
want to hide? Had there been rumors in the palace of
the statue? Did they ponder what was coming? Did they
decide ahead of time what they would do and what it
might cost them?

To stand alone against the grain of our culture makes
one clearly visible. There is no place to hide. There
are, will be consequences, for those who refuse to bow.
Dear reader, now is the moment to decide where you
stand; for Whom you stand.

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