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Would you bow down?

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Daniel 3

King Neb built an image of Gold
90’ H & 9’ W
Probably not an image of King Neb
Everyone who held any office in Babylon was in attendance - v2
When you hear the music… you must bow down - no exceptions.
Three Jews get accused.
Neb is furious.
“Is it true?” You don’t serve my gods?” “I’ll give you another chance.”

would you bow down?

If you were one of these three young men and you were going to face certain death would you bow down?
Easy for us to say not me.
Babylon would take these prisoners/hostages educate them to be just like Babylonians.
Context: Judah was taken captive by Babylon as a punishment for idolatry.
Slide: Compromise always starts with little things.

Compromise always starts with little things.

What is going on here?
The goal is assimilation - to be just like everyone else.
Push to assimilate completely into Babylon.
Bow down (assimilate) or die.
We say, I would never bow down… but remember compromise starts with little things.

Be aware of the game plan.

Slide: Game Plan
Get people to compromise in “little things”.
Demand conformity and allegiance.
Accuse and Attack
Is this happening in the U.S.?
Examples:
Sex / sexuality.
Climate change
Cheerleader shamed for being a Christian & Virgin.
Keep your religion private - freedom to worship.
Kanye West
Youth sports
Media
Political correctness
Bible
If you don’t agree then you will be attacked and shamed.

Prepare to be labeled!

Sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, Racist, Bigoted.
Two Reasons the labels are used:
To defeat you by your silence without having to defeat the truth/facts.
To instill fear. Speak out and you will suffer the consequences.
Slide: Big faith.

You need to have a faith big enough to overcome a fiery furnace.

“Our God is able to deliver us.” “But, we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image.”
Forced worship is not worship.

God is able to rescue.

He might not.
God will be praised.

Are you compromising in some area that would lead you to bow down?

Have you already bent the knee?
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