Square One Part III: The hard choice is really quite simple
One battle that consistently plagues the Christian community is the battle of homosexuality. Is it actually a sin? Did we read into scripture too deeply? Was that really what Paul was talking about? This debate is just a more well-exposed debate among Christians because of its cultural relevance but there are many debates like this one over what constitutes sin and where the loopholes are. I can't help but laugh at some of the arguments I hear tossed around because one of the beautiful things about Scripture is its clarity when it comes to sin. I won't dive into any specific debate in this post because the point of this example is much broader in scope. What God says is evil, is evil. That's that.
We don't have to tear ourselves up internally debating it, we don't have to justify it according to cultural traditions, we don't have to guess.
God has made His Word quite clear on the issue of good and evil. We just have to accept. We see a perfect example of how such decision making is simplified if we look in the book of Daniel.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were Daniel's friends who were also captured during the raid of Judah by King Nebuchadnezzar. When the King constructed a statue made of gold and instructed the people to bow down to it at the trumpet blast, these three guys didn't. They remained standing. The penalty for such actions was being thrown into a furnace alive... good times. When confronted by the King and given a second chance, they replied, "If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up." (Daniel 3:17-18)
I love this reply because they believed that God had the ability to rescue them but even should they not be rescued, they stood resolved and unmoved in their decision not to worship the idol. Praise the Lord that He did rescue them and that King Nebuchadnezzar actually worshiped The Lord and set a decree that chopped up anyone who spoke evil of Him. I guess you can do that if you're the king.
In this story, were the guys debating whether or not it would be justified for them to bow down to the idol because of their whole prisoner thing? No! They knew God's Word. They knew that He was a jealous God who deserves every bit of worship and glory. They knew bowing down would be evil in the sight of The Lord Most High who they loved with all of their hearts. For them, the decision was easy. Simple, really.