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Serving in Babylon: Christian doctors in a secular society 3. Counting the Cost (Daniel 3:1-30) CMF NZ Conference, Rotorua, August 2015 Dr Peter Saunders Two Temptations To blend in fail to be distinctive

To escape fail to engage Daniel 3 the fiery furnace An image of gold (1-5) A fiery threat (6-15) A godly defiance. But if not (16-18)

A fourth companion (19-25) An extraordinary vindication (26-30) Daniel 6 The Lions den A jealous conspiracy (1-9)

A foolish law enacted (10-16) An anxious night (17-20) Saved from the lions (21-23) Further vindication and praise (24-28)

Two types of legal change Ch 3 Forcing believers to do something wrong Ch 6 Stopping believers from doing something right Other biblical examples

The Israelite midwives refused to kill Israelite babies when the king of Egypt ordered them to do so (Exodus 1:15-21) Rahab the harlot refused to hand over the Israelite spies to the king of Jericho (Joshua 2) Peter said 'We must obey God rather than men!' to the high priest and Sanhedrin when

Defiance King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majestys hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. (Daniel 3:16-18) (NIV)

Counting the cost My popularity or reputation? My job? My money or possessions?

My freedom? My bodily integrity? My life? Counting the cost Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him and set aside the kings command, and yielded up their

bodies rather than serve and worship any God except their own God. (Daniel 3:28) (ESV) Three different world views Christian world view Islamic world view

Secular world view The Christian World-View Where did I come from? created by God for relationship How did I get here? fallen from grace (flawed masterpieces)

How are we going to sort things out? science, technology and Gods wisdom/redemption What does the future hold? the hope of resurrection into a perfect world The Secular World-View Where did we come from? the product of matter, chance and time

How did we get where we are? the undirected process of evolution How are we going to sort things out? Science and technology What can we hope for? Immortality through science and

technology Secular Fundamentalism Atheist/materialist worldview human beings are clever monkeys death is the end God (and therefore revelation) does not exist Secular humanist ethics Abortion on demand, euthanasia

Embryo research, selection and disposal Clearing the Ground Christians in the UK face problems in living out their faith and these problems have been mostly caused and exacerbated by social, cultural and legal changes over the past decade. Pressure Points for doctors

Sharing faith and praying for patients Abortion and Embryo research /Some infertility treatments Emergency contraception /contraception Same sex adoption/Transgender procedures

Secular Humanist Laws The Abortion Act and Easy divorce (1960s) The HFE Act (1990 and 2008) The Civil Partnership Act (2004)

The Equality Act (2010) The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill (2013) Problematic laws/guidelines

Employment Equality regulations (2003) Equality Acts 2006 and 2010 The Abortion Act 1967 Mental Capacity Act 2005 Religion or belief regulations (DoH, 2009) Sexual orientation regulations (DoH, 2009) Personal beliefs and medical practice (GMC, 2013) The law and ethics of abortion (BMA, 2014)

Pressure Points for others Marriage celebrants Adoption agencies Bed and breakfast owners

Relationship counsellors Florists, photographers, bakers Personal pressure points Dont let any Christians near this baby Extra duties

Protecting a senior colleague Im putting my daughter on the pill The MAP in A & E

A letter to a 15 year old and a postcard Levels of coercion Concession - Accept me - an acceptable variant of normal Expectation - Affirm me - a right moral choice

Celebrate me - a good and courageous choice Requirement - Assist me you have a duty to help This is Gods world God owns the world and everyone in it (Psalm 24:1)

He sets up kings and deposes them (Daniel 4:25, 32; 5:21) and holds all rulers accountable (Psalm 2 & 82) We should pray for them and be subject to them (1 Timothy 2:1,2; Titus 3:1,2; Romans 13:1-7) But if they force us to disobey God we say

Serving God in government Joseph Daniel Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Esther and Mordecai Nehemiah Autocracy vs Democracy In an autocracy we may have little influence apart from prayer But in a democracy we all have

opportunity to shape public policy And in a real sense all of us are also rulers because we vote Gods concern for justice Amos 5:7-15 Isaiah 1:15-17; 58:6-10 Micah 6:8 Zechariah 7:9-10 Proverbs 31:8,9 Gods view of law

'Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people (Isaiah 10:1,2) Social Action Isaiah 61, the Jubilee Year and Bono not charity but justice Dom Camara When I served the poor they said I was a saint, when I

asked why they were poor they said I was a Public Policy Strategy Producing resources Undertaking research

Networking with like-minded organisations Responding to public consultations Speaking on the media Meeting with parliamentarians and decision-makers Idolatry The essence of idolatry is that it leads to disobedience and loss of devotion to God

Idols tempt us to disobey God either to - to give us something we want to have - to avoid loss of something we want to keep Idols in medicine Reputation People

Possessions The profession itself (Nehushtan) Summary The Fiery Furnace

The Lions den Conscientious objection Idolatry Idols in medicine

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