your environment and circumstance may change…
but they don’t have to change you.
it isn’t everything that we must conform to.the world keep changing from bad to worse, Yes, but we must not be swept away by its current.
you can adopt and adjust to new ways of doing things but they should be in consonance to our principles,
what we already know;
what we have been taught;
they values we hold dear.
one of the major problems of this world has been our blind-conformity to certain standards which have now become acceptable norms without us first examining their merits and how good or bad they can affect society. a typical example is how the youth of today copy some so called “stars” blindly and just because those “stars” are doing them, they think its right for them to do it too; thereby compromising their principles just to look good in the eyes of the rest of this pathetic world.
when it comes to values and by that I mean acceptable values, there’s nothing like doing what romans do when in rome. its about sticking to the right way of going about and doing things, and thats exactly what daniel, shadrach, meshach, and abednego did when they wwere sent to babylon as captives; chapter 1 of the book of daniel.
remember their rejection of the king’s choice food and wine and asking the chief of the cults only to feed them with water and fruits;
how about shadrach, meshach and abednego’s refusal to bow to that erected image;
don’t forget the law that actually had been made to kep daniel from praying and he daniel’s own response to that law???????
one of the interpretations of babylon is sin/rebellion. as you read the sentence starting this paragraph, what comes to mind???? I hope you guessed well: the #tower_of_babel. that is the first rebellion that occurred in scripture by man against God. daniel and his friends were part of the jews who had been carried away to that distant land; the then ruling babylonian empire, nebuchadnezzar’s realm. daniel and his counterparts knew the Lord, and knew His laws and commands as well including His omnipotence so they were willing to stand in those dark times. even in the face of imminent danger, they stood firm and did what was right regardless of whatever threats their daring actions posed to them physiocally.
in a world of sin and evil, they chose to keep faith with the Lord, not counting their lives anything worhty of holding on to.they put their necks on the line and honoured their God, their heritage. while others were confroming to babylonian standards, these four guys were doing exploits for the Lord, and through them, God’s mighty hand was made known to the babylonians.
a lot can be said about mordecaia, esther, joseph, lot and his daughters, etc etc, who remained faithful to their God and to His ways. CAN THE SAME BE SAID OF YOU AND I????????
brethren, let us sit ourselves down and examine our own lives under God’s microscope ie the bible to see where we stand with our God in this evil world. the stakes are very high and the price, very steep so we must sit down to count the cost and make the most out of it.
GOD be with us all, Amen!