Then a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, “that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; “and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.” (Dan 3:4-6 NKJ)
Nebuchadnezzar had created an image, and every subject, when they heard the music, was to bow down and worship. 99% of the people didn’t even think about it and fell to the ground and worship the image. So, what are you worshipping?
Most people don’t realize that even today we are being conditioned to worshipping images. It can be a consumer image such a particular brand of phone, or a familiar story that promotes a belief or ideology, or a catchphrase that evokes a response. The problem occurs when that ‘thing’ becomes an idol, and you find yourself bowing down in worship.
Daniel and his friends had vowed to keep themselves focused on their dedication to God, an act that would put them in the midst of the fiery furnace. Like them, we need to remember that all because 99% of the people believe something doesn’t mean it’s right. Also, when something takes the place of God, it doesn’t become equal to God, it just becomes an idol.