Summary: It's amazing how fickle our loyalties are, isn't it? Dependent upon/external pressures, we get swayed so easily/circumstances/who we want to influence.
Real Christians don’t bow down!
Date: Feb 5, 2012
Scripture: Daniel 3
Prior/Super Bowl game years ago, When Ronald Reagan was running for president
He was leaving/press conference/New Hampshire and someone fired a question at him:
"Who do you like in the Super Bowl?"
Without hesitation, former gov/Calif. and presidential hopeful said: "The Rams."
Then a light apparently went on in his brain and he paused and said:
"Wait a minute, I'm not running for gov/Calif. anymore, may the best team win."
It's amazing how fickle our loyalties are, isn't it?
Dependent upon/external pressures, we get swayed so easily/circumstances/who we want to influence.
• This is just a part of life for most people.
• I hope as we study/chapter 3 this morning we can learn to draw a line
• Call that line conviction/determine in our minds/hearts that we'll never descend below that line.
• That isn't easy to do.
• Let me give you a simple way to look at it.
Our decisions, our attitudes and our behaviors are determined by one of two things: external pressure, or internal principle.
Let me say it again.
The battle is going/all/time/lives between/two conflicting items.
And we're very good at self-justification\so a lot of times when we succumb to external pressure we define it as internal principle.
o Do we do what we do--say what we say--act the way we act because we have convictions about it
o Or because we feel the pressure coming from the outside?
Are our convictions somewhat altered by the pressures brought upon us?
When you’re faced with a situation/dilemma….
Do you say what you believe based on internal principle
Or do you succumb/external pressure and let them hear what they'd rather hear?
As we approach the third chapter of Daniel
Going/meet three young men who functioned on internal principle and they didn't really care what the external pressure was.
And as followers of Jesus Christ, I think we have a lot to learn from these three young men.
I want you to put yourself in this situation today, I want you to see yourself here,
I'm not so concerned that you see S/M/A as much as you see yourself.
And that you see how you would respond in a similar situation.
You never really know what curves life will throw at you,
You don’t know what is lurking around the corner.
You never know when you might be called upon to compromise your actions
So when you are called on, you need to know what to do.
Life Is full of unexpected events—even for you and me as Christ followers.
o We are not exempt from/painful experiences that come to fallen beings living in a fallen world.
o Unexpected times—bad times—they come to all of us in this room so we need to know what to do when they do.
o That’s why THIS book is written. I mean, one reason God gave us this “handbook for life”—is to help us know what to do when we face the unexpected times...the “Babylons” of life.