Shall We Compromise?
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up. – Daniel 3:17-18
The book of Daniel is the story about God’s call in our lives to not bow the knee to those cultural forces that sometimes crash against the values of our faith. Daniel and his three friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were living in Babylon during the exile and they were constantly being tempted to compromise their faith for the sake of a comfortable life. Their temptation was not unlike ours today. All of us want to live comfortably and experience the American Dream, but what should we do when the culture becomes hostile to the convictions of our faith? Shall we compromise for the sake of not offending anyone? If we do we might very well lose our souls. Jesus told his followers “Do not fear the one who can kill the body, but rather fear the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” Daniel’s three friends understood what our Lord was talking about, even though they lived five hundred years before the time of Christ. Our faith and actions must possess the integrity of its convictions, even if God chooses not to save us from the fiery furnace.