Standing Up for God

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Standing Up for God
Text: Daniel 3:8-30
Occasion: General
Audience: General
Theological Tradition: General
Topic: Witness, Evangelism
Author: WABuisman


Direction

Standing up for God in an un-godly Culture

How to Get There

  • We often struggle with the non-Christian culture that surrounds us
    • particularly how to relate and interact with the un-churched, which can often rejects God and may be even hostile towards those who follow Christ
  • This passage has one of the most poignant examples that we can look to in understanding how we can stand up for God in a missional setting
  • In Daniel 1 we see the foundation being laid for Daniel and his fellow Jews to strengthen their relationship with God and subsequently their witness to those around them
    • They avoided anything, including food and activities that defiled them in the eyes of God
  • In Daniel 2 when Daniel is faced with an almost certain and unjustified execution of himself and his group he is faced with some tough choices as the leader on how to handle the situation and represent the Jews and God
    • He rightly chooses to control his frustration and speak out of respect and uses tact and Godly wisdom to make his point
    • He also prays and praises God during the whole situation
    • finally he trusts God to help him
  • All this prepares and leads up to the Story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abenego and the difficult decisions these 3 guys had to make.
    • 1st they had to chose whether to defy the un-godly culture in the first place. Would they die for their faith, would they defy or obey governmental authority, would they rock the boat, would they compromise or go for broke?
    • They chose to stand up for God not to make a stink or even make a point, because to choose differently would have compromised their faith and their witness. It's important to note this was not a practical, easy or maybe even rational decision. They acted on faith in God and resolve.
  • I also see one of my most favorite passages in the entire Bible: "17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 BUT EVEN IF HE DOES NOT, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
    • Wow! This was not a conditional act. It wasn't we'll stand up as long as God saves, but if God won't save us then forget it! Oh they cared if they lived or died to be sure, but the consequences did not change their choice to stand up for God. They had a lot to lose and chose that if need be they would lose it for God
  • The result is a repentant heathen King, and an incredible witness to an entire country

Things to Watch For

It's important to really lay the foundation of how these 3 built up their spiritual formation over the years leading to the story in chapter 3. These are not supermen or weird freaks, these are normal guys who spent years strengthening their faith through daily discipline, good spiritual mentors and strength of character. It was only later in this extraordinary situation that their faith was so magnificently displayed, but it wasn't a faith any one of us could not enjoy.

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