The Jesus Code: “Tolerance or Test?” + LINKUP


The Jesus Code

Chapter 23 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.


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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8 thoughts on “The Jesus Code: “Tolerance or Test?” + LINKUP

  1. This is SO true. We have become so tolerant in this day and age. It breaks my heart and burdens me greatly. Oh, how far we have strayed from what is Biblical truth! All we can do is to do our personal part, just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did. Thank God, we are only responsible for our own actions and to pray for others. 🙂 Thank you for your wonderful words of wisdom and for this link-up!

  2. Oh yes how that word has changed… Some people have accused me of being intolerant and unloving because of my beliefs as a Christian but it simply isn’t true. Not agreeing with someone does not necessarily make you intolerant.

    • Well said, but it’s not really tolerance people are looking for. It’s “hearty approval” (Rom. 1).

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