Daniel 3 “Uncompromised Faith”

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The narrative of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and the fiery furnace tends to be a familiar Sunday School story.  In that familiarity, we tend to miss the dramatic decision that these three face as they stand up against the cultural push to worship something other than God.  It can also be somewhat unrelatable, being that most of us never expect to face physical death for choosing to not worship an idol.

Make no mistake, however, that the decision that Daniel’s friends faced is not one that is unfamiliar to us.  Culture pushes many things at us that can and readily do take the place of God in our lives. Though the worldly consequences of such choices are seemingly non-existent, certainly not like the fiery furnace, there are both personal and kingdom impacts to living with uncompromised faith.

Questions to take home:

  1. Have you ever been in a situation where you were pressured to do something that you knew was wrong but everyone else seemed to be ok with?  How did you feel? Why did you act the way you did in that situation?
  2. What “idols” do you see around you in the world today?  How do you find yourself struggling to keep Jesus Christ as Lord of your life in the midst of cultural pressures?
  3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to compromise their faith, even if God didn’t act on their behalf.  Have you experienced a similar situation? How did God come through for you?