If there is, I don’t know where it is. There is on the other hand, passages of scripture that seem to indicate that we are not to compromise on matters of significant spiritual importance that might violate our conscience.
This is the first in a four part series where we will look at examples of standing firm making a sacrificial decision for the greater long term good. These are not stories, fables, legends or illustrations. All are well documented historical accounts. Two are from the bible and two are from military history.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
In Daniel chapter 3 (Google it!) we find the account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The King has built a HUGE idol. It must have been impressive since it was made of gold. A decree went out for all to bow down and worship on que when the music played. The decree went on to say that anyone who did not obey, would be cast into a furnace.
Well, the trumpets sounded, and all fell down to worship the golden image. Well, almost all. It seems that Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego could not violate their conscience. By the way, that wasn’t their real names. Their real names were Hebrew, but the Babylonians had captured them because of their high potential… human plunder you might say. The Babylonians were trying to assimilate them into their culture. Part of that assimilation was to give them Arabic names.
Well, the tattle tales in the King’s court were quick to point out the non-compliance. I think it was more than a matter of non-compliance. It was more like defiance! The three young men were brought before the King and sentenced to death by fiery furnace.
They were not faced with imprisonment, fine, or being excommunicated from a club. They were faced with certain death. Shadrach, Meschach, and Adenego had a tough decision to make. Couldn’t they have just “gone along to get along”? After all, God knew that they were captive in a foreign land. God knew their hearts. Perhaps they could have just gone through the motions of an insincere gesture? After all, how much good can one do in service to God if you’re dead!
There was no promise from God that their lives would be spared if they stood firm. They chose to act upon faith rather than fear.
When faced with a decision that offers a choice between the lesser of two evils, is your decision going to be based on faith – or fear?
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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