In view of the increasing violence across the country and throughout the world, this old punch line by Donald Trump at the end of each Apprentice episode is no longer something to laugh at. While hard working men and women have likely experienced the pain of losing a job, life is too fragile to be ended by a bullet, Yet, as music videos, television dramas and violent video games desensitize life through countless depictions of murder, the value of human life is eroding.
But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up,” Daniel 3:12.
One of the byproducts of today’s warped mentality on life involves a lack of conviction and principles to life by. While most civilizations experience cycles where morals rise and fall, few people demonstrate the commitment to put their faith on the line. During the Jewish captivity by the Babylonians in the Old Testament, three men refused to worship a foreign god. Drawing a line in the sand, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were willing to die rather than break one of the ten commandments. The penalty for such an offense was fire.
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up,” Daniel 3:17-18.
These three men weren’t fired by the king. They were all on fire for God, willing to put their faith on the line, risking death over compromise. Not many people would do the same today. Recently, armed men with machine guns stormed a church in a country where Christianity is illegal. Raising his voice, the leader demanded all the true believers to walk up to the altar. Only a few rose to their feet, “Is that it, anyone else?” No one else stood. “Okay everyone else can leave,” as the timid ran out of this place of worship. Moments later instead of gun shots, the leader proclaimed, “now that all the true believers are here, let’s worship the Lord!” May this experience inspire others to become fired up for Jesus.
by Jay Mankus