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  • Tony Evans: This series ison American idols.
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  • One of the things that the Biblemakes clear is that,
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  • when we choose competing gods,we jeopardize ourselves,
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  • our families,and even our nation.
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  • America was foundedon the premise that faith in God
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  • would have to be a key componentto the wellbeing of the nation.
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  • And only to the degree that weworshipped the God of the Bible
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  • could we experiencethe freedom that this nation
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  • so passionately desired.
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  • But we have wandered farfrom that commitment.
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  • We have wanderedfrom that faith.
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  • We have chosen competinggods to our detriment.
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  • It's our hope that this serieswill draw all of us back
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  • to the one true God so thatwe can have the peace and unity
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  • that our country desperatelyneeds at this time.
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  • Tony: There was a timewhen Christianity in America
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  • had homefield advantage.
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  • That is,the Judeo-Christian ethic
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  • and worldview dominatedthe environment.
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  • Everybody wasn't a Christian,but they respected Christianity.
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  • So, during those yearswhen we were enjoying
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  • the homefield advantage,
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  • you could pray in schooland it was okay.
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  • You could quote Scripture,even read Scripture
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  • in classroomsin the public school
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  • because it was okay.
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  • People weren't trying to takethe Ten Commandments off
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  • the wall in legal locationsor cancel prayers before
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  • sporting events because we hadthe homefield advantage.
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  • However,over this last generation,
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  • we have been progressivelylosing homefield advantage.
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  • Now, Christianity is no longerthe normative
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  • worldview in the culture.
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  • It is being resistedand rejected
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  • in every directionof our society.
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  • In our passage today,God's people had lost
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  • homefield advantage.
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  • Because of their rebellionand sin against God,
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  • God allowed in 605 BCNebuchadnezzar to descend
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  • upon Jerusalem, ransack it,and slaughter
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  • all gobs of people,and then lift people out
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  • and bring themto the pagan culture of Babylon.
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  • There are three stories inthis book that are well known
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  • that will help me introduceto you what we're facing today,
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  • this idol, the idol of culture,where the society wants you
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  • to worship itinstead of worshipping
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  • the one and only true God.
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  • Everybody is affected and arebeing sought to be influenced
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  • by the idol of culture.
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  • So, I want to alert youto this idol,
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  • and I want to give you thesecret for not worshipping it
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  • because it is so pervasive,you can worship it
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  • and you don't even knowyou're worshipping it.
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  • Daniel finds himself nowwith his three friends,
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • Nebuchadnezzar knowsif he's going to get the most
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  • out of these boys,he's got to de-Israelize them
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  • and pro-Babylonize them.
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  • He's got to rip away from themtheir Christian background,
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  • and he's got to inculcatewithin them
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  • a secular Babylonian wayof thinking.
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  • So, in order to accomplish this,he picks the best of the best,
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  • he says,"Intellectual, good-looking,
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  • used with no defect."
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  • Why?
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  • Because he's interestedin generational impact.
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  • So, you parents need to knowthat the culture is
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  • after your kids.
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  • The generational impact,so he brings these four,
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  • among others, to Babylon,and the first thing he does is,
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  • relocates them.
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  • You see, he knows as longas he leads them in Israel,
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  • they might keep runningin to the true God.
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  • He had to relocate themin order to indoctrinate them.
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  • So, this wasn't just goingto school,
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  • it was going to school to learnthe religious worldview
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  • behind the educationalinformation
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  • that was being handed outin the University of Babylon.
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  • The culture has created an idolthat is being informed
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  • through education.
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  • But not only are our kidsbeing reindoctrinated,
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  • you and I are beingreindoctrinated.
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  • And the major educational toolthat is reindoctrinating even us
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  • as adults is the media.
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  • The media is the contemporaryidolatrous mechanism
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  • to introduce usto the idol of culture
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  • so that we are reintroducedto another way of thinking.
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  • Things that used to shame you20 years ago
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  • don't shame you today.
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  • Stuff that was hiddenon side streets
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  • is now on the front screen,and you don't have an option
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  • if you're going to watch TVfor it to pop up sometime
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  • because the culturehas used entertainment
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  • and the fun it bringsto dull our senses
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  • about the standards of God.
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  • So, now what usedto not be okay is now okay
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  • because we are entertainedby it.
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  • The jokes may be filthy,but because they're funny,
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  • they know they can get us tolaugh and dull our sensitivity.
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  • Why?
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  • Because they are creatinga god of culture.
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  • They're trying tode-Christianize and pro-humanize
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  • the society, and we have losthomefield advantage
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  • because it now dominates,it now dictates,
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  • it now indoctrinates,it now accommodates.
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  • And then they tried the zinger,it was a zinger.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: They said, "We want youto eat our food
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  • and drink our wine," okay?
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  • "Eat our foodand drink our wine.
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  • We're going to entertain you.
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  • Like, we're goingto entertain you."
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  • The food and wine was notjust food and wine.
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  • It says in verse 8,Daniel made up in his mind
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  • he would not be defiledby the king's choice food.
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  • In other words, it wasn't justeating and drinking,
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  • it was adopting the lifestyle,the lifestyle of the pagans.
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  • 'Cause when you eat and drink,you eat and drink
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  • as part of a religious party.
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  • It was part of the evil livingof the day,
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  • so it involved immorality,it involved greed,
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  • it involved drunkenness,it involved--because see,
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  • the Babylonian god let you dowhat you want to do.
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  • See, that's why peopledon't want the Christian God,
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  • 'cause he don't let you dowhat you want to do.
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  • He doesn't let you dowhat you want to do,
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  • how you want to do it,as you want to do it
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  • because the Christian Godhas a standard,
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  • calls us to the standard.
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  • See, the reason why folksdon't want Christianity is,
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  • they don't want God telling themwhat to do.
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  • So, in order not to haveGod telling me what to do,
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  • I will keep religion,eat and drink,
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  • but I won't eat and drinkto the biblical God,
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  • I'll create a cultural Godthat will let me eat, drink,
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  • and party hardyuntil I can't party no more.
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  • And so, that was theentertainment of the culture,
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  • using religionto justify lifestyle.
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  • Daniel made up in his mindhe would not defile himself.
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  • Now, let me not go too fast.
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  • Let me startwith what he did do.
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  • He did go to the king's schoolfor three years.
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  • He couldn't controlwhat people called him,
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  • so he had to wearthe king's name
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  • 'cause that's whatthey were calling him.
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  • He was now getting ready to beemployed by the king's business
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  • 'cause he was going to workin a secular job for the king,
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  • Nebuchadnezzar, okay?
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  • So, he has to adaptto the new reality
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  • that he's no longer in Israel.
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  • This is no longerhis mama's nation.
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  • He's in a secular culture.
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  • And the reality, saints,is that's where we are.
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  • Shouldn't be here,don't want to be here,
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  • but get real,that's where you are.
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  • You are now living innon-Christian America.
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  • That's where you are, okay?
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  • But even innon-Christian Babylon,
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  • he made up in his mind thereare some things I won't do.
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  • I will not defile myself.
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  • I'm not going to sleep around,I'm not going to get drunk,
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  • I'm not going to bea bad employee.
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  • I am not going to contaminatemyself 'cause I need my God
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  • more than I need y'all.
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  • So, he made up in his mind,"I will not defile.
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  • I am not going to contaminatemyself with worshipping
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  • the culturejust because everybody else is
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  • in the culture."
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  • We have too many Christianswho haven't decided
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  • to draw a line in the sand.
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  • I'll do this, I'll do this,and I'll do this,
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  • but we ain't going there.
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  • We ain't going there.
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  • Now, he did it respectfully.
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  • He said, "May I not--"
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  • He said he made upin his mind privately,
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  • "I'm not goingto defile myself,"
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  • but then he went and said,"May I not defile myself."
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  • So, he was being respectful,but he was determined.
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  • If he had to--if he had to godown the ladder,
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  • he was going to go downthe ladder not to be defiled,
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  • not to lower the standardsof God to satisfy
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  • the idol of culture.
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  • Or the desire, here it is,watch this, for success.
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  • Watch verse 9,and I'll go to the next story.
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  • Verse 9 says,"Now, God granted Daniel
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  • favor and compassionin the sight of the commander."
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  • Oh, everybody want favor,everybody.
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  • Everybody wants favor.
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  • But God did not show him favoruntil he drew the line.
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  • See, we want favorwithout drawing a line.
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  • We want blessingwithout drawing a line.
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  • We want the supernatural,but we won't draw the line.
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  • He drew the lineand then he got favor.
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  • Says, "God gave him favormore than all the other youths."
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  • That's number one.
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  • Number two, chapter 3,three Hebrew boys.
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  • There's one wordthat shows up over,
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  • and over, and over,and over, and over,
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  • and did I say over?
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  • In chapter 3,
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  • I will read the Word in a numberof places where it shows up.
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  • Verse 1,Nebuchadnezzar made an image.
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  • Verse 3, at the end of it,"The image that Nebuchadnezzar
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  • the king had set up."
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  • Verse 3 again, "The imagethat Nebuchadnezzar the king
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  • had set up."
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  • And then it says, "The imagethat Nebuchadnezzar the king
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  • had set up," again.
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  • Verse 5, "The golden imagethat Nebuchadnezzar had set up."
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  • Verse 10, "Worshipthe golden image."
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  • Verse 12, "The golden imagewhich he had set up."
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  • Verse 14, "The golden imagewhich he had set up."
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  • Verse 15, "Fall downand worshiped the image
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  • I have made."
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  • Verse 18, "The golden imagethat you have set up."
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  • What's the word?
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  • Image, image.
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  • Folk are concernedabout their image.
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  • Nebuchadnezzar built a statue,watch this, to himself.
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  • This is called self-worship,the idol of you,
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  • the idol of self.
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  • People worship themselves.
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  • They don't wantto answer to God,
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  • so they answer to themselves,that's why they got my truth.
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  • Praising those we emulate,even though the ones we emulate
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  • aren't worth the praise,
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednegowere asked to bow to image,
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  • bow to image.
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  • Three Hebrew boys said--
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  • Nebuchadnezzar said in verse 15,
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  • "Now, if you're ready,at any moment when you hear
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  • the sound of the music,you can worship the image."
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  • But then he gave them a warning'cause he was their boss.
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  • He's the king.
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  • "If you do not worship,you will immediately be cast
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  • into the midst of the furnaceof blazing fire,
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  • and what God is there who candeliver you out of my hand?"
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  • Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego
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  • replied to the king.
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  • Okay, all three of them talkingat the same time,
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  • they say, "Oh Nebuchadnezzar,we do not need to give you
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  • an answer concerningthis matter.
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  • Since you said which God,our God," verse 17,
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  • "who we serve is ableto deliver us
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  • from the furnaceof blazing fire.
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  • And he will deliver usout of your hand, oh king."
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  • Okay, so you ask which God?
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  • Since you asked, our God.
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  • But don't stop there,our God who we serve.
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  • Not our God who we talk about.
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  • Not our God who we goto church to worship with.
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  • "Our God who we serveon the job
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  • is able to deliver us."
  • 00:16:06.280 --> 00:16:09.584
  • Oh, but that's not all they say.
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  • They go on to say,"But even if he does not."
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  • 'Cause God is also sovereign.
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  • "So, even if he does not,let it be known to you,
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  • oh king, that we are not goingto serve your gods,
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  • idol of image.
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  • We're not going to serveyour god or worship
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  • the golden imagethat you have set up."
  • 00:16:36.978 --> 00:16:42.650
  • They drew a line in the sand.
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  • "We will work for you,but we won't worship you.
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  • We'll be employed here,but don't ask us to bow
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  • to the deity of your image."
  • 00:16:54.429 --> 00:16:57.598
  • So, they said,"We're not going to--
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  • we're not going to bowto the company.
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  • We'll work in it,we won't bow to it."
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  • Well,Nebuchadnezzar is ticked off.
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  • He's ticked off.
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  • He makes the fireseven times hotter.
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  • Now, you don't need to makeno fire seven times hotter
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  • to burn your body up,but that's how hot he was.
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  • He was hot, so he madethe fire hotter.
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  • Threw them in.
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  • Verse 24, "Then Nebuchadnezzarthe king was astounded
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  • and stood in haste, and he saidto high officials," verse 24,
  • 00:17:29.730 --> 00:17:32.600
  • "'Was it not three men we castbound in the midst of the fire?'
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  • They said to the king,'Certainly, oh king.'
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  • He said, 'Well, look,I see four men loosed walking
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  • around in the midst of the firewithout harm,
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  • and the appearance of the fourthis like a son of the God.'"
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  • Oh, I wish I had some timeto preach.
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  • [cheering]
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  • The Bible says, the Bible saysthat they tied them up
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  • and put them in the furnace.
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  • So, let me stop right there.
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  • When you take a stand for God,it doesn't always mean
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  • you won't get fired.
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  • When you take a stand for God,it does not mean
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  • you will not face suffering,persecution, and opposition.
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  • They took a stand for God andstill were thrown in the fire.
  • 00:18:31.759 --> 00:18:37.131
  • Oh, but why could they takethat stand knowing
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  • they're going to be fired?
  • 00:18:39.934 --> 00:18:42.136
  • Because they had enough Biblein them to know that,
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  • Isaiah 43, verse 2 and 3 says,"When you are in the fire,
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  • I will be with you."
  • 00:18:54.182 --> 00:18:56.517
  • So, they got thrown in the fire.
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  • Nebuchadnezzar lookedthrough the window.
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  • He called his assistants,he said,
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  • "Now, wait a minute,we threw three in here, right?
  • 00:19:02.957 --> 00:19:07.061
  • I'm counting,right, one, two, three, right.
  • 00:19:07.094 --> 00:19:10.331
  • Well, why am I seeing four folk?
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  • That's question number one.
  • 00:19:12.667 --> 00:19:14.835
  • Question number two,we tied them up, didn't we?
  • 00:19:14.869 --> 00:19:17.438
  • Well, why are they loosein the fire?
  • 00:19:17.471 --> 00:19:20.208
  • Number three, we made itseven times hotter, didn't we?"
  • 00:19:20.241 --> 00:19:24.478
  • "Well, yeah, you did."
  • 00:19:24.512 --> 00:19:25.813
  • "Well, help me out here.
  • 00:19:25.846 --> 00:19:27.348
  • 'Cause why they walking aroundin the fire?"
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  • I wish I could promise youyou take your stand for God,
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  • you won't get fired.
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  • You don't bowto the idol of image
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  • and you won't be challenged.
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  • I am telling youyou won't be there by yourself.
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  • That the living God,
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  • if he doesn't bring youout of it, will join you in it.
  • 00:19:48.469 --> 00:19:56.344
  • See, some of us are waitingon God,
  • 00:19:56.377 --> 00:19:58.279
  • when God's waiting on usto draw the line.
  • 00:19:58.312 --> 00:20:03.417
  • Finally, finally, finally,chapter 6, chapter 6,
  • 00:20:03.451 --> 00:20:09.824
  • last story.
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  • In verse 3, "Then this Danielbegan distinguishing himself
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  • among the commissioners andsatraps because he possessed
  • 00:20:17.265 --> 00:20:19.967
  • an extraordinary spirit,and the king planned
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  • to appoint himover the entire kingdom."
  • 00:20:22.937 --> 00:20:25.406
  • Oh, wait a minute.
  • 00:20:25.439 --> 00:20:29.310
  • He's working on a secular job'cause he's now
  • 00:20:29.343 --> 00:20:31.579
  • in a post-Christian culture,and he's advancing.
  • 00:20:31.612 --> 00:20:36.917
  • And the reason he's advancing,even though he's working
  • 00:20:36.951 --> 00:20:39.186
  • on a secular job is,even non-Christians recognize
  • 00:20:39.220 --> 00:20:42.456
  • an extraordinary worker.
  • 00:20:42.490 --> 00:20:44.358
  • But like in any job,he had some haters.
  • 00:20:44.392 --> 00:20:48.863
  • It says that these men said,"We need to find," verse 5,
  • 00:20:48.896 --> 00:20:53.868
  • "a ground of accusationagainst him."
  • 00:20:53.901 --> 00:20:57.505
  • We got to findsomething wrong with him.
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  • But they couldn't findanything wrong with his work.
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  • So, they said, "This Daniel,unless we find it against him
  • 00:21:01.142 --> 00:21:04.645
  • with regardto the law of his God."
  • 00:21:04.679 --> 00:21:08.149
  • In other words,we can't criticize his work.
  • 00:21:08.182 --> 00:21:12.520
  • Ah, but he's that--he's thatcommitted Christian guy.
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  • We're going to find somethingwrong and we're going to use
  • 00:21:17.024 --> 00:21:19.327
  • his faith against him.
  • 00:21:19.360 --> 00:21:22.663
  • Can't criticize his work,so they came up with a law
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  • that says you can't prayto any other God for 30 days
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  • except to the king.
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  • And the king liked that law'cause it fed his ego,
  • 00:21:33.574 --> 00:21:35.776
  • so the king signed it.
  • 00:21:35.810 --> 00:21:38.579
  • So, now prayer has beenkicked out of the public square.
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  • You can't pray.
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  • Can't pray to anybody elsebut to the king.
  • 00:21:46.520 --> 00:21:48.989
  • Can't pray on the job,you can't pray--
  • 00:21:49.023 --> 00:21:50.324
  • you can't pray at school,can't pray--
  • 00:21:50.358 --> 00:21:52.660
  • you can't prayto any other god.
  • 00:21:52.693 --> 00:21:53.994
  • It's now the law of the land.
  • 00:21:54.028 --> 00:21:57.732
  • Verse 10, "Now, when Danielknew the document was signed,
  • 00:21:57.765 --> 00:22:02.737
  • he entered his house."
  • 00:22:02.770 --> 00:22:04.905
  • Now, in his roof chamber, he hadwindows open towards Jerusalem.
  • 00:22:04.939 --> 00:22:08.709
  • "And he continued kneelingon his knees three times a day,
  • 00:22:08.743 --> 00:22:12.780
  • praying and giving thanksbefore his God
  • 00:22:12.813 --> 00:22:15.282
  • as he had been doingpreviously."
  • 00:22:15.316 --> 00:22:19.019
  • Mmm.
  • 00:22:19.053 --> 00:22:21.655
  • The law says you cannot prayto any other god
  • 00:22:21.689 --> 00:22:25.960
  • except the kingfor the next 30 days.
  • 00:22:25.993 --> 00:22:29.630
  • Daniel's googled prayer,up came Psalm 55:17, which says,
  • 00:22:29.663 --> 00:22:36.837
  • "You pray morning, noon,and evening."
  • 00:22:36.871 --> 00:22:40.608
  • So, he had developed a patternof three a day prayers.
  • 00:22:40.641 --> 00:22:45.413
  • The law says you can't do thisanymore.
  • 00:22:45.446 --> 00:22:48.015
  • And so, they found out he wasstill praying and told the king,
  • 00:22:48.048 --> 00:22:51.652
  • and he got throwninto the lion's den,
  • 00:22:51.685 --> 00:22:55.256
  • and let's see what happens.
  • 00:22:55.289 --> 00:22:57.758
  • "The next day, the king came,"verse 20.
  • 00:22:57.792 --> 00:23:00.327
  • "When he had come nearthe den to Daniel,
  • 00:23:00.361 --> 00:23:03.297
  • he cried outwith a trembling voice.
  • 00:23:03.330 --> 00:23:06.434
  • The king spokeand said to Daniel,
  • 00:23:06.467 --> 00:23:09.236
  • 'Daniel,'" watch this,"'servant of the living God,
  • 00:23:09.270 --> 00:23:17.611
  • whom you constantly serve,has he been able to deliver you
  • 00:23:17.645 --> 00:23:24.752
  • from the lions?'
  • 00:23:24.785 --> 00:23:26.954
  • And Daniel answeredand he said to the king,
  • 00:23:26.987 --> 00:23:29.523
  • 'My God sent his angeland shut the lion's mouth,
  • 00:23:29.557 --> 00:23:35.463
  • and they have not harmed me
  • 00:23:35.496 --> 00:23:38.299
  • in as much I've been foundinnocent.'"
  • 00:23:38.332 --> 00:23:40.835
  • King, I'm all rightdown here.
  • 00:23:41.335 --> 00:23:47.141
  • Lions are nice pillows,my pillow.
  • 00:23:47.174 --> 00:23:51.579
  • The lions are nice, I've been--I'm doing good down here."
  • 00:23:51.612 --> 00:23:56.050
  • He brought Danielout of the lion's den.
  • 00:23:56.083 --> 00:23:59.286
  • Then he went and took the hatersand cast the haters
  • 00:23:59.320 --> 00:24:02.990
  • in the lion's den.
  • 00:24:03.023 --> 00:24:05.593
  • And the Bible says,"And then the lions got hungry."
  • 00:24:05.626 --> 00:24:09.163
  • Ain't been hungry all night,but now the lions got--
  • 00:24:09.196 --> 00:24:12.032
  • What I'm trying to tell you is,God didn't deliver Daniel
  • 00:24:12.066 --> 00:24:15.169
  • until he drew a linein the sand,
  • 00:24:15.202 --> 00:24:17.238
  • "I'm going to pray'cause I know
  • 00:24:17.271 --> 00:24:18.906
  • I need Godmore than I need y'all.
  • 00:24:18.939 --> 00:24:21.442
  • And since I need Godmore than I need y'all,
  • 00:24:21.475 --> 00:24:24.178
  • I'm going to talk to God'cause I'm going to need him
  • 00:24:24.211 --> 00:24:26.280
  • when you throw me awayto the lions."
  • 00:24:26.313 --> 00:24:29.817
  • Brothers and sisters, we havelost homefield advantage.
  • 00:24:32.653 --> 00:24:38.025
  • But now thatwe're on a pagan territory,
  • 00:24:38.058 --> 00:24:41.328
  • you are called to besalt and light,
  • 00:24:41.362 --> 00:24:43.297
  • you're not called to fake itto make it.
  • 00:24:43.330 --> 00:24:45.299
  • You are called to responsibly,kindly, lovingly,
  • 00:24:45.332 --> 00:24:47.668
  • but clearly representthe Christian faith,
  • 00:24:47.701 --> 00:24:50.471
  • and then watch God do his thing.
  • 00:24:50.504 --> 00:24:53.140
  • But you won't watch itunless he sees you
  • 00:24:53.173 --> 00:24:56.810
  • draw a line in the sand.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: The idol of cultureis devastating
  • 00:25:12.126 --> 00:25:15.396
  • because what it does is,it makes our history,
  • 00:25:15.429 --> 00:25:19.033
  • our backgrounds,our race more central
  • 00:25:19.066 --> 00:25:24.538
  • to our meaning thanGod ever intended them to be.
  • 00:25:24.572 --> 00:25:28.375
  • When we allow society to dictatethe rules rather than
  • 00:25:28.409 --> 00:25:33.480
  • the God of the Bibleof how we view ourselves
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  • and how we view others,then it will begin
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  • to act as a deity,controlling our decision making,
  • 00:25:40.821 --> 00:25:45.793
  • defining our being,
  • 00:25:45.826 --> 00:25:48.295
  • and ultimately destroyingour lives.
  • 00:25:48.329 --> 00:25:51.031
  • God has created a multiplicityof cultures because he's created
  • 00:25:51.065 --> 00:25:56.303
  • a variety of kinds of people.
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  • Putting it in its place,we all then can be unique
  • 00:26:00.441 --> 00:26:03.744
  • and give glory to God.
  • 00:26:03.777 --> 00:26:05.079
  • Taken out of its place,it becomes a destructive idol
  • 00:26:05.112 --> 00:26:09.717
  • that unravels us at the coreof our being.
  • 00:26:09.750 --> 00:26:13.354
  • Let's put culturein its proper place,
  • 00:26:13.387 --> 00:26:15.756
  • and it is not the place of God.
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