It has been our tradition on the Voice of Scouting to post inspiring Scout messages based on the Scout Law for twelve days leading up to Christmas Day. The second day of the 12 days of a Scout Christmas reminds us that a Scout is loyal.
You can discuss this story with your Scouts and ask them how they have remained loyal in times of difficulty, such as standing up for the Scout Oath and Law, or their religious or moral beliefs and views or remaining loyal to a friend or family member when doing so wasn’t a popular or easy choice.
Loyal Without Fear
One of the greatest examples of remaining true and loyal to one’s values and beliefs comes from the beloved story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three Jews who were living under Babylonian rule. (Daniel Chapter 3 of the Bible)
When the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, has a dream and interprets it as needing to build a giant golden statue, he invites those throughout the Babylonian Empire to come and worship this new idol.
However, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to worship the king’s idol because they believe the God of Israel to be their one and true god. Even after being arrested and threatened with death, the three Jews aren’t even tempted to give in but refuse to denounce their God, remaining loyal and true to Him.
Outraged, King Nebuchadnezzar has all three thrown into a fiery furnace, heated up to seven times the normal temperature. To the king’s utter dismay, the three men stand in the scorching furnace, unscathed by the fiery flames that surround them. Not only are the men perfectly fine, but Nebuchadnezzar sees a fourth person appear in the flames, someone he refers to as “a son of the gods.”
Awed by what he witnessed, Nebuchadnezzar calls Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the furnace and praises the God of the Jews, even outlawing any form of blasphemy against the Jewish God, threatening to destroy anyone who does.
Imagine if someone threatened you, maybe not with death, but to no longer be your friend, or to embarrass you in front of others— would you still stay loyal to what you believe in, or would you just try to fit in?
This Christmas season you can spread happiness, joy, love and faith just by remaining loyal to whatever you believe in or to people you love. Even if others don’t agree with you and even mock you at first, they will see how important your values are to you and that you cannot be moved. They will see that trying to deter you is hopeless, and may even want to know more about what you are so passionate about. They may see that whatever or whoever is bringing you so much happiness, and may want it too. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, standing true and loyal to what you believe may bring more miracles and enable you to help others more than had you given up and caved into what is popular.
For the next twelve days, visit the Voice of Scouting to find inspiring Christmas messages based on the twelve points of the Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.