Do you find yourself complaining that Christ has been removed from much that goes on this season? Protests against hymns and prayers in schools. Merry Christmas replaced with Happy Holidays. Too much emphasis on buying and a gimme-gimme attitude.
But what are you and I doing to shine the light of Christ and share the reason this season exists? Are we so focused on long lines and long to-do lists that we fail to share the most important thing … the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Does sharing the gospel strike fear in your heart? Check out today’s post for one of the best resources I’ve found for sharing our faith.
And what about our interaction with other believers? Have we fallen into some of the world’s concepts about love and tolerance? How do passages like Galatians 6.1-2 and Ezekiel 33.1-6 make it clear that tolerance is not always loving?
Also read about God’s promises to Israel, the futility of running from God, and how a fool and his words get into trouble. Continue reading →
This week’s question: “Is it true?” (Daniel 3.14).
Three young Hebrew men by the names of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were faced with a decision. The King had built a golden statue of himself and ordered all his subjects to bow down and worship his image. Anyone who didn’t would be thrown into a fiery furnace.
It would have been easy for them to justify doing it. After all, he was the King and his word was law, but not these three!
Hawkins says about the King:
Upon hearing the news of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego acting according to their convictions, the king summons them into his presence. He wanted to know “Is it true?”
Today the “King’s law” is “tolerance.” Hawkins says:
Tolerance used to mean that we recognized and respected other people’s beliefs and values even when we didn’t share them. Today tolerance means something entirely different: it now means that everyone’s values, faith claims, and lifestyles should be accepted and that all truth claims are to be treated as equal.
As believers we should be loving and kind to others, no matter what their beliefs. We should respect the laws of our land as long as we are not being asked to sin or “give hearty approval” to those who claim evil is good (Rom. 1.32).
Just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were tested, so are we. Will we respond as they did?
… who lived according to inner principle, not by outer pressure. When their moment of crisis came, they stood tall and firm because their decisions were guided by the Word within their hearts, not by the external world system. As the morals of our culture continue to crumble, we believers should expect to hear this same question asked of us: “Is it true? Is it true . . . that you do not bow to the gods of this world?” These three young Hebrews are shouting encouragement to us across the centuries today. They are saying, “Don’t give in. Don’t give up. Don’t give out.”
Next week’s question: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (Jonah 4.4).
Last week’s question:“Who among you fears the Lord?” (Isaiah 50.10). Read it here.
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