Our new study “Strong Men in Tough Times” focuses on Daniel, the book in the Bible and the man. I believe Daniel is a great example that we can learn from.
It’s hard for me to think that we are “persecuted” right now. When you look at believers in other parts of the world going to jail or being beheaded for their faith, it’s a bit dramatic for us to claim persecution. At least right now. But it’s not hard to imagine a coming day when that word may be appropriate.
In the coming days we will have to deal with the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. If we don’t accept Bruce Jenner, we are called bigots. To proclaim that the Word of God is THE truth, we are called old fashioned and haters. Those that call for tolerance are only tolerant of their own thinking.
When we come to a point where we are faced with a law that conflicts with God’s law, what will we do? Will we compromise or will we be a Daniel?
“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.” Daniel 1:6.
When Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon besieged Jerusalem, he not only took articles from the temple, he took “young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace.”(Daniel 1:4). In that group of young men were Daniel (his Babylonian name Belteshazzar), Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach) and Azariah (Abednego).
None of them ate from the king’s table. They ate only vegetables and drank only water. After ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food (Daniel 1:15). They all found favor with the king and given positions of authority.
They all would stand against laws that violated their faith and the law of God. What was the result? God delivered them from the furnace and the lion’s den.