Facing the Furnace

Focus of Thought:

The music starts, the government and all of the spectators bow and adore the man made image-except three. All good things come from God, but why do so many believe in the salvation of their own hands. They worship God it seems, but they praise what they have created thinking that it is good, but it is bad in every way. Their hands produce injustice, but they elevate the cries of those they crush as praises of their reign. Anyone who objects, they throw them in fire, they threw the three in the furnace, hoping they turn to ashes. Ironically, those who go through fire come out gold. Those who stand against and suffer from racial injustice everywhere-even when pressed they will not be defeated, they still rise, because the testing of their faith heightens their value.

Expression of Thought:

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego or Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were three foreigners that served the place of their captivity with humility. They used their lives in service to God, dedicating everything they did to the way of Him. Yet, they were deemed outcast by society because of their heritage and faith. They were strangers in a place they had to call home. This sentiment, is prevalent for many minorities across the globe, especially in the United States. People of the African diaspora, immigrants, or any group other than white still grapple with the issue of the three men. Trying to call a place home when they are constantly treated as strangers, even while serving graciously. Whether working in the White House, working a 9 to 5 and even in the most humble moments, whether kneeling, or sitting within the comfort of their own homes, their value must be debated upon as an issue. When the moment came to show the value that resided within themselves as a people, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah refused to succumb to the weight of an Babylonian system. They refused to worship an abomination in God's sight. Similarly, the United States, that claims to be a Christian nation, believing that God is just, forces their citizens to respect their statutes of injustice. Ultimately opposing those on the side of justice.

I believe that the United States is the best country in the world, but not a perfect country. The imperfections of injustice and discrimination has marred America so much, it's blinding in the face of those who believe that the United States can and will be better. The three men knew that Babylon and their love of idols needed the betterment of their God and they knew it could happen, even if they had to face death. Unfortunately, throughout America's history, many have faced and even succumbed to death because their country refused to stand for justice. The three men and those who stand up for justice, play an important role. A role that we must one day decide to take part of. We have to be able to stand up against evil, especially the evil that reigns upon the innocent. It is not an easy thing to, but one must remember God is able.

In the moments before Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were thrown in the fiery furnace, they proposed an condition to the king already knowing the outcome. In Daniel 3:17 they said "If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, He will deliver us out of the your hand, O King." [AMPC] They knew God was able and just, therefore they knew justice would prevail. Thrown into the fire, God was with the three men, and because they stood in their beliefs, God was exalted and they were promoted. I believe that whether you stand by kneeling or stand by sitting, or just stand-when you believe in justice, you exalt God and you will be promoted. Whether through life or in death, because He is able to deliver.


For social activist everywhere, who refuse to worship along to the music that praises injustice in America-thank you. Fighting for the rights of others and uplifting an group of people, does not diminish the value of an other-unless your value is based upon their demise. Therefore, it is right that we do what is necessary to uplift those who are crushed by the weight of injustice.