Daniel 3: 13-18 (KJV)
13Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. 14Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 15Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we arenot careful to answer thee in this matter. 17If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
In this world of blackened idols
presented as golden ones, may we as
our Triune God’s redeemed Sons and
daughters of the King of Kings and
Lord of Lords let it be known to all,
that we as blood bought royal heirs
will not nor will we ever bow down
to worship any golden image which a
King, a pauper, or a culture has set up.
May we have the same courage as
Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego
to be willing to stand, to proclaim,
to resist, to reject anything that does not bring
glory to our God’s most Holy precious name.
For as royal children of the eternal, Heavenly
city, we are to live counter culturally for
the glory of the three in one, our precious
Triune God who sent His only begotten Son
to the Cross to rescue us from all our sins.
The message of the Cross of Christ is to let us
know, we are not our own. We are bought with a
great price by the precious lamb of sacrifice,
Jesus Christ our Lord. We are not our own!