gay_marriage_81102178_620x350The United States of America crafted a gold statue called Aphrodite. They stamped it in their books, discussed it in their universities, and showed it on their screens.

The U.S. sent word to assemble the politicians, pastors, culture-makers, critics, businesspeople, judges, and law enforcers, and all the influencers of the different spheres of culture to attend the dedication of the statue that society had set up.

So the politicians, pastors, culture-makers, critics, businesspeople, judges, law enforcers, and all the influencers of the different spheres of culture assembled for the dedication of the statue.

The news media and courts loudly proclaimed:

“People of every state and region, race and religion, you are commanded: When you see anyone bowing down to Aphrodite – no matter where or when or how or whether or not you agree, you are to clap your hands and celebrate the gold statue that the United States of America has set up. But whoever does not clap their hands and celebrate will immediately be marginalized, cast aside, and silenced.”

Therefore, when all the people saw anyone bowing down to Aphrodite, people of every state and region, race and religion, clapped their hands and celebrated the gold statue that the U.S. had set up.

Some took this occasion to come forward and maliciously accuse the Christians. They said to American citizens:

Long live your country! Our society has issued a decree that everyone who sees anyone bowing down to Aphrodite, must clap their hands and celebrate the gold statue. Whoever does not clap their hands and celebrate will be marginalized, cast aside, and silenced. There are some Christians however, who manage businesses, hospitals, pharmacies, and adoption agencies. They are bakers, photographers, and florists. These people have ignored you, America. They do not serve your gods or celebrate the gold statue you have set up.”

Then in a furious rage the U.S. citizenry gave orders to bring in the offenders. So these people were brought before the cultural gatekeepers. Society asked them:

“Is it true that you don’t serve our gods or celebrate the gold statue we have set up? Now if you’re ready, when you see anyone bowing down to Aphrodite, clap your hands and celebrate the statue we’ve created. But if you don’t celebrate it, you will immediately be marginalized, cast aside, and silenced — and who will be able to rescue you from our penalties and fines?”

The Christians replied to their fellow citizens,

“Beloved countrymen, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. If the God we serve exists, then He can sustain us in the event we are being marginalized, cast aside, and silenced, and He can rescue us from craving approval from the rest of our society. But even if He does not protect us from your penalties and fines, we want you as a society to know that we will not serve your gods or celebrate the gold statue you set up.”

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13 thoughts on “If Daniel 3 Were Written Today…”

  1. Jeff says:

    Fantastic. Now cue all the posts calling you an ignorant bigot, which is further proof of your point about attempts to marginalize us. Whatever, we still won’t bow down and worship the false god.

  2. Phil says:

    This seems curiously unconnected to reality.

    1. Hal says:

      Read much news? He who has ears, let him hear.

  3. Ian says:

    Wow, a great read for a Monday morning.

  4. Sara says:

    I get what you’re saying and I find it interesting to think about but at the same time, I would feel anxious comparing the reaction of people to Christians who oppose homosexuality to people being burned alive for their beliefs. I worry sometimes that we spend too much time wearing the badge of oppression instead of reveling in freedom and being confident. Like Daniel 3 says, we believe that God will save us and even if he does not, we are still confident in our beliefs. They lived that confidence quietly and steadily, they did not roam the streets (or at least, not that we are told) complaining or pointing out their oppression. They simply lived their lives as they believed God had called them too. We must remember the greatest call on our lives is to do justly, love mercy, walk humbly and love our neighbors. I fear this sentiment of us vs them harms that. Does standing by your beliefs mean that you have to

  5. Tom says:

    If someone marginalizes a Christian for not “bowing to Aphrodite” so to speak, then they are no better than the Christians they decry.

    The problem arises when one’s religion is injected into a nation that makes no special allowance for any religion at all besides the right for them to practice freely.

    When one’s religion conflicts with the inalienable rights of others’ citizenship that America has so hypocritically ignored for much the past 220+ years, then it is no different than not allowing a group to practice their religion in their place of worship, and therefore is wrong.

    Therefore, one can disagree with the lifestyle all one wants, and one can elect to withhold their vote when the topic comes up, but to actively seek to legislate the consensual relationships of adults is not congruent with the country we live in (assuming everyone who reads this is American of course).

    Likewise, one has no right to come into your church and force you to consent to their beliefs. That would be equally as absurd and counter to the ideals this country was founded upon.

  6. Brent White says:

    A fitting analogy! Well said. Thank you.

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