Not Gonna Bow

I love this album cover. In case you didn’t grow up listening to Christian music, this is the cover of the album No Compromise by the late great artist Keith Green. The cover is a rendering of the account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and their refusal to bow down to the golden image of the king, even though the king had ordered anyone who disobeyed to be thrown alive into a fiery furnace.

As the cover indicates, they were the only ones who didn’t comply. All they had was each other and their faith in the true and living God. They said that the God they served was able to deliver them, but even if He didn’t, they would never bow down to any idol or false god.

Those who follow Jesus face a similar dilemma in this current age. So many voices are telling them to compromise their convictions and to endorse what the Bible does not. They are told to bow down to a politically correct god who tolerates any deviant behavior and is more like a benign teddy bear than the Sovereign Lord of the universe.

We will only stand against the tide of popular opinion when we stand together. If I’m isolated, I am more likely to compromise and to give in than if I’m standing within the community of believers who will encourage me, challenge me, and hold me accountable. I will be better able to articulate what I believe and speak against the culture in truth and love.

If you didn’t read the end of the story, God rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of that fiery furnace. In fact, when the king looked into the furnace, he saw not three but four people walking unharmed in the midst of the flames (and one looked like the Son of God).

They met Jesus in the midst of persecution and tribulation and didn’t waver from their confidence in the God of Abraham, Isaaac, and Jacob. When we have Jesus with us, we know we will persevere no matter what we face and no matter what anyone throws at us or does to us because of what we believe.

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