Every single Christian knows the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. There are tons of songs about it, multiple sermons and it’s just one of the church’s favorite go-to topics besides Daniel in the Lion’s den.
Just in case you don’t know the story, King Nebuchadnezzar built a golden statue to which everyone was to bow when they heard music. Shadrach and company refused to bow and they were reported to the King who threw them into the furnace.
First of all, King Nebuchadnezzar had been shown time and time again that the God these people served was the true God. Yet, here he was asking them to drift away from what he knew was the truth.
The next thing that stands out is what Shadrach and friends told Nebuchadnezzar when he threatened to throw them into the 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 NIV
They believed God could save them from the fire and that even if He didn’t everything would still work out for them.
In this modern day, thanks to human rights laws, we as believers in most areas don’t have to fear being thrown into blazing furnaces but there’s something just as terrifying for us. Being “cancelled”. It’s such a scary concept.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s more of a social death. And in this day and age where literally everything runs on social media, a social death is a pretty serious thing.
I mean it affects job opportunities, education etc. just ask anyone who’s been “cancelled”.
Now these days if you don’t accept certain things as right and conform to them you risk getting cancelled. The people proposing the acceptance of these things know exactly what the scripture has to say but they don’t care. You must accept it or you’ll be cancelled.
As believers we need to stand for the truth; not bow to these things. Yes, God may deliver us from being “cancelled” but maybe we might be. Either way we cannot fear the people that can only kill the flesh and not the soul!