King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian people practiced polytheism; they acknowledged and worshipped multiple gods. After Daniel had interpreted the king’s dream in Chapter 2, the king declared to Daniel that his God was indeed the God of gods and Lord of kings. This declaration did not mean he renounced all the other gods in his pantheon, but that he now acknowledged Yahweh as a god too. The king became enraged in Chapter 3 when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not reciprocate his polytheism by worshipping the image he built. You live in a culture that pressures you to acknowledge multiple gods, and when you don’t, you may not be threatened, but you’ll likely face questions or even ridicule when you don’t bow down to what your friends worship. Let me encourage you to stand firm in your monotheistic faith, bearing witness to the One True God no matter the cost.
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.