Protocol was a very important statute to follow during the Babylonian empire. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were children of Israel living in a pagan world that paid homage to Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold. Before this took place, according to Daniel chapter two, Nebuchadnezzar was given a dream from God on His soon coming kingdom (Daniel 2). After learning this amazing revelation, Nebuchadnezzar should have told the people to worship the one true God…Perhaps turning away from the ancient tradition of worshipping the country’s gods would have cost him his life.
The pressure to please others and protect ones image is something many in leadership positions find challenging. Negative things happen when a person knows something is wrong, yet they ride along with the boasting of others. God is looking for people who will stand, regardless of society’s disbelief. Standing with the truth is better than standing with a lie.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were the ones who stood for what they believed in, even at the point of death. Today, we hear of people standing up for Jesus Christ and losing their lives in parts of the Muslim world. It costs ex-Muslims their families, homes, even their lives to walk with Jesus. I question if enough is done for those who discovered the truthꟷ Jesus Saves.
“Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”
They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
“Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Daniel 3:24-25
In the west, many are trying to stay hip within a crowd of people who don’t have the answers themselves. If only most Christians will take a stand for what’s right, our communities will change for the better. Having a bold voice, a voice that stands up for righteousness, worked for Shadrach, Meshach, and Aded-Nego.
In your obedience to Him, the Son of God will be with you. The Lord will be in the middle of every difficulty. He’ll bless you to leave utter turmoil without having the residue of suffering.