by Sheri Schofield
Montana is a place of rolling hills, mountains, big skies, and wildlife. Not all the wildlife are animals. Sometimes the humans get a little wild, too. There isn’t much entertainment around here unless we make it ourselves.
One summer, some of the young people got bored and decided to provide some of that entertainment. The bolder ones suggested something that maybe some of the more timid weren’t sure about. “Let’s all buy beige yoga suits and ride our bikes through town!”
I’m sure that the more timid ones were reluctant. But after some discussion, their friends convinced them that this would be a good idea. They all bought the outfits and chose a day for their event.
People’s heads turned as the group streaked by. Eyebrows rose. Gasps were heard. Soon everyone was talking about the invasion of nude bicyclists!
This event so enraged the adult population that the issue reached the state legislature. With a population of about one million people in the entire state, our issues are less weighty than, say, California’s or New York’s. So the legislators decided to do something about this unprecedented event. It was reported in the newspapers.
“Let’s outlaw the color beige and tight-fitting outfits! And while we’re at it, let’s outlaw going topless!” the legislators proposed.
But Montana’s businesses depend on tourists, and we couldn’t have the police going around arresting innocent visitors who might happen to be wearing beige or tight swimsuits or men who were hot and took their shirts off, could we? So the issue never made it out of committee.
I chuckled when I read this report. But it got me thinking about how often we Christians let ourselves be pushed into things that aren’t right or good just to be part of our social group. How often do we try to blend into the world’s ways in order to look cool or savvy? “Oh, everyone’s doing it!” That’s the common excuse. It is often easier in the workplace or in our social groups to be more like chameleons – those small reptiles that blend into the scenery – than it is to be known as a Christian.
A cultural revolution has been making huge strides in our nation. We are expected to be silent about the evil that is openly practiced in our country . . . and in our churches. What should we do?
Daniel faced that same problem. His enemies deliberately laid a trap for him. They persuaded the king to issue a decree that no one was to worship anyone but him for thirty days. If they disobeyed, they would be thrown to the lions. What would he do? All Israel would be influenced by Daniel’s behavior, for he held a high position in the government.
Daniel chose to behave exactly as before. He went to his window where all could see, just as they had seen him praying daily. He knelt and prayed to the one, true God. Yes, his enemies threw him to the lions. But God shut the lions’ mouths and they did not harm him.
The king issued another decree, that in every part of his kingdom, the God of Daniel would be reverenced. Daniel’s people could now worship the one, true God without fear, because Daniel had been faithful. (See Daniel 6 for the whole account.)
So stand true to Jesus as a living example of godliness to your world. Be ready with a gentle, truthful answer. You never know who may see and turn to Jesus.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2-3 NLT
About the author: Sheri Schofield, an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years, has just released her new book, The Prince And The Plan, to help parents lead their children into a saving knowledge of Jesus. Sheri was named Writer of the Year for 2018 at Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!
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