TEXT: Daniel 3:12
“THEY SERVE NOT THY GODS” was the accusation the Chaldeans levied against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who in the days of his glory made an image of gold for all in his kingdom to bow and worship. These three Hebrew young men refused to compromise their faith and service to the true God who alone is worthy of their worship.
It is true the Bible teaches us to obey, honour and pray for those in authority or have the rule over us (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 2:13-17). That not withstanding, our first duty is to God Himself. The first and greatest commandment in the Bible is to love the one true God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deut 6: 5, Matthew 22: 37-38). We cannot worship or bestow divine honour upon any false god or any image representing a god and be right; That amounts to idol worship, and the God of heaven cannot share his glory with any idol.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who remained true to God even at the possible cost of their dear lives serve to condemn the spiritual and moral compromise of present day worshippers of God who use contemporary influences and customs in society as an excuse for their moral lapses or worldly behaviours. God does not accept the reasoning that we may do what He considers wrong just because “everyone is doing it”. Every true believer in Christ Jesus should sincerely ask God to put a firm determination within his or her heart to remain true to Him and His word regardless of popular opinions of society or the consequences. Eternity with God at the end of the day will adequately make up for whatever loss we may have suffered for his honour and glory.