The historic city built in beauty, condemned for her sensuality and destroyed by her pride. Our Babylon is new and improved, with all the twentieth century perks. No one thought the world would ever see another as bad as the first. We were wrong.
The trip here was pretty rocky. Some were super excited about the move. They had their bags packed for years just waiting to move to the greener spot of the planet. They had heard about the neat shiny objects and the tiny quaint little shops Babylon offered.
Some are still shaking off the sleepies in their eyes. They aren’t quite sure how they got here. When the movers came to pick up their things, they were taking a nap and lazily waved to the boxes in the living room, as if to say, “don’t bother me.”
Some, like myself had heard about what Babylon was like and were captured and thrown into the moving truck kicking and screaming. These protesting passengers tried to warn everyone along the way, even so far as to bribe the driver to stop at the home of the sleeping beauties to warn them.
Nevertheless, it happened. The moving trucks dropped our bags off and screeched away, getting the heck out of Dodge.
Here we are with bags in one hand, and a map in the other. What do we do?
We have three choices.
1. Move to the basement.
We can choose to pull up the rug, escape the culture, and hide our families where no one can find us (for the moment). Eventually the King of Babylon will pipe out an executive order, or some judge come down with another ruling, and they will come house to house searching for obedience, loyalty, and devotion. This route will give you temporary peace and promise.
2. Become a Babylonian.
This is a very popular choice these days. We can quickly take the path of least resistance and become like the culture. It’s a rather simple change. Just a few pages of our Bible would have to be discreetly removed. A more politically correct fix comes with just a couple of “tweaks” and scripture interpretation. No biggy. Most of that work was already done while we were sleeping anyway.
Or… there is a third choice.
3. Live as a Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
This is the option I’m going to choose, however it comes with some adventure. This choice comes with a need for total dependence on God. It comes with an unshakable love for Christ. It comes with the possibility of losing everything. This is the option that’s not covered under Obamacare or the Little Lizard insurance policy. This is for all the marbles.
When Daniel and the gang were captured by King Nebuchadnezzar’s troops, they didn’t move to the basement out of sight. In fact, they did quite the opposite. They lived with the king, they served with the king, and they advised the king.
They were not hiding. They were engaged.
However when things got tough and King Nebuchadnezzar demanded they worship the idol of gold, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were turned in by the politically correct police. All fingers pointed at them saying… KING THEY ARE NOT FOLLOWING YOUR ORDERS. If this story happened in our time, I would imagine there would be a quick “fix” drafted in order to get them out of hot water, but instead they had a message for the king. They said:
16 …“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this 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.[d] 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Dan 3:16-18)
Well that ticked the king off, so he had them thrown into a blazing furnace so hot it killed the men who threw them in! You know the rest of the story. God was with them, and they came out of the fire with not one hair on their head burned.
Daniel had a similar experience when faced with demands of the king and laws of a nation. Daniel 3:3 says he became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him. He was a big deal. The king was going to give him a high office. Talk about a great political career in the making! The establishment politicians were ticked about what kind of character he displayed and tried to find anything and everything to bring him down. They couldn’t do it! They found one Achilles heel which was his faith in God. That was their moment. They talked the king into signing a decree that no one could worship any God but King Darius.
They thought they had him. They knew Daniel prayed to God three times a day, and he’d be the first to break the law. What did Daniel do? Did he worry about his political career with the king? Did he think of some “fix” to get around the law? No… he didn’t back down. It says in Daniel 6:10:
10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
There was no question. He just did it. He obeyed God. You know the rest of the story. He was thrown into the lion’s den, but God shut the mouth of the lions.
Friends we have a choice. Our country has turned its face from God. We feel the first pricks of persecution. They hurt, but we have a choice. We can hide, we can conform, or we can obey God. I choose obedience.
I want a Daniel Spirit. I want the courage of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Things are going to get rough. I’ve spoken many times about what is coming to this nation. Your jobs will be impacted, your churches, your families. Nothing will be left untouched by this new Babylon. Through all of it, choose to live in freedom of obedience.
Don’t twist the Scripture to fit the culture. Live beyond the culture. Don’t hide your life. Shine your light. Live loudly. Live boldly, Live courageously. Live Faithfully.