A religion without conviction and faith is often propelled by force and threat! In the record about the Babylonian government is left an example of worship that wasn’t commanded by the individual’s conviction or faith but either by enticement to the entertaining music or by fear of death in a mini-hell. God is not pleased with such practice whether rendered to His name or to other divinities. A personal or individual conviction is what the cross stands to win…to draw all men to Himself (John 12:32).
“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Is Lungu trying to outdo Nebuchadnezzar ?