DANCE TO THE TUNE

INTRODUCTION

Dance to the tune is being influenced, through persuasive methods, towards embracing what is being proposed.  The apostle Paul, in writing to the Galatians, said:  "You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth" (Galatians 5:7)? 

The Galatians were making good progress spiritually.  But there were those who tried to persuade them towards a false doctrine.  The apostle Paul wanted the Galatians to "stand fast" and retain their spiritual freedom and not be subject to the influence being presented to them.

DANCE TO THE TUNE
DO NOT WAIVER IN ADVERSITY

In the days of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; the king of Babylon made an image of gold.  When one heard the sound of music they were to fall down and worship the image or be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace (Daniel 3:1-5).

When they failed to dance to the tune demanded, by worshipping the golden image, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were called to task by the king (Daniel 3:13).  When questioned by the king; they responded with:

"O king, If 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 your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up" (Daniel 3:16-18).

They did not waiver in their belief; and the king full of fury commanded that they be bound and cast into the burning fiery furnace; and to make it seven times hotter than usual (Daniel 3:19-20).

DEMANDING ACCEPTANCE

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came forth out of the midst of the burning fiery furnace; and those that looked upon them saw that the fire had no power upon their bodies, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their garments affected, nor the smell of fire upon them (Daniel 3:26-27).

This had quite an effect on the king of Babylon; who made a decree that every people, nation and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces; because there is no other God that can deliver like this (Daniel 3:29-30).

There is a religion in the world today that demands acceptance of their belief or pay the consequences; even death for failure to do so!  This resembles the king of Babylon's decree in exacting death to any who failed to receive the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 

STANDING FIRM IN RESOLVE

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego kept the faith, despite obstacles placed before them in a heathen nation.  They would not dance to the tune of the ungodly persuasion of their day, but rather stood firm in their resolve to serve God.

We are seeing many today take such a stand, in many lands, with many facing persecution; even death, for having done so!  There are many being martyred as Stephen in the New Testament, the first Christian martyr, who was stoned to death for having proclaiming the truth of the Gospel of Christ (Acts 7:57).

IT IS UNFORTUNATE

It is unfortunate that America, the greatest nation on earth, that once stood firm in the God of its creation, has began to dance to the tune of the ungodly.  It is unfortunate that because of the ungodliness that has infiltrated its borders there have been millions of babies killed, while in the mother's womb, rather than experience life in this world.

It is unfortunate that sanctity of marriage is now polluted by same sex marriage.  It is unfortunate that one's sex; ordained by God, is now challenged by man.  It is unfortunate that the "One Nation under God" concept; and "In God We Trust" being inscribed on its coins no longer bears the truthfulness of such statements.

BEING ABLE TO STAND

God's people do not have to dance to the tune of the ungodly.  God's Word encourages one to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:10-13). 

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds; casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were instructed to worship the golden image at the sound of all kinds of music but they chose to only dance to the tune of the God of their salvation. 

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