By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
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.
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 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 worshiping 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).
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 affect 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).
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego kept the faith, despite obstacles placed before them by 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 proclaiming Christ (Acts 7:58).
It is unfortunate that America, the greatest nation on earth, which 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.
It is unfortunate that the sanctity of marriage is now violated 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" inscribed on America's coins no longer bears the truthfulness of such statements.
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 pulling 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.
Powerful influence to deceive exists today as that of the serpent in the Garden of Eden who enticed Eve to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
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