I was recently reading Daniel 3:16-18 which tells the story about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They told King Nebuchadnezzar that they would not bow down and worship his golden image and further that they had a God who could save them from the furnace of fire – which was the penalty for refusal. They went on to say “But even if he does not (save us), let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” These godly men were so different from many we see today as they did not follow the “politically correct” way, as all but them and Daniel…were following in that day, and God did rescue them from the fiery furnace. Further, it is interesting to note that they were not going to bow down to the idol even if God did not choose to save them from the fire. They were uncompromising in their faith.
I was struck by the fact that even though it is hard at times to take a Christian stand on issues in a country where it is not always a popular position anymore, these stands will be popular in heaven. They will be the “politically correct” position to take up there and will be seen as such by all present. To the extent we have to take unpopular Christian positions down here on earth we can be comforted by the fact that scriptural stands are the correct position, the truth, and are seen as such by an ever watchful God today, and will be acknowledged as such throughout eternity.