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Defending Our Honor As Christians

November 26, 2012

Daniel 3. Shad, Mesh, and Abed are about to get thrown into the furnace by the King. Most of us know the basics of this story. Before they are thrown in, however, the King gives them one more opportunity to defend themselves — to lay out their case as to why they should not be thrown into the fire. Ultimately, Mr. King wants them to bow down to him.

Their response amazed me this morning:

We do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us.

How often do we feel the need to defend ourselves in conversation? Be it apologetics, politics, science, etc. Christians are always defending ourselves, and our God/religion.

What if we don’t need to? What if we just let God defend him/herself (I don’t want to give God a specific gender, but also don’t want to just say ‘itself’)? Surely, if we believe what we say we believe, God is powerful enough to do so. Does he really need us verbally defending our cause at every opportunity? These three didn’t think so. They simply said, “God is powerful, and will defend our cause for us.”

The implications of this regarding how we interact with others cannot be understated. Stop defending yourself, and try just listening for once, and responding with a nod of your head or perhaps further questions. Your goal should be understanding, not winning. You don’t have to fight everyone who disagrees with you, or who you disagree with. Be freed of that compulsion, brothers and sisters.

Think about it.

-JFA

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