Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction. Daniel 6:6-9
The Babylonian high officials and satraps have been trying for years to discredit Daniel. So far nothing had worked but this time they have new rulers, the Mede and Persian king Darius. So they come to Darius with an innocent sounding request that an ordinance be decreed that for thirty days no one could worship or pray to any god or man except Darius.
This of course plays to Darius’ ego. After all what king would not want to be worshiped as a god even if only for thirty days. So he agrees not only to the ordinance but also the punishment, being cast into a den of lions. With such a harsh punishment I can guess that most people would find it prudent to forgo worship of their own god for a mere thirty days.
Daniel however is not like most people. He is a godly man who daily prays to God and who will not let the laws of men keep him for worshiping God. So it looks like the high officials and satraps have devised a perfect plan to get rid of Daniel once and for all.
We face similar circumstance today. No we do not risk a den of lions but we do face harsh criticism and accusations. We can feel pressure to conform to the world when we are away from church or other Christians. Too often we justify this as just trying to get along or we don’t want to impose our values on others. Maybe we even say we would love to live out Christian values everyday but you just don’t appreciate how it is done in my line of work.
We cannot live as Christians only when it is comfortable. We need to live as Christians every day and every hour. That does not mean we have to become hermits. We can each live out our faith in everyday business with not that much effort on our part. When you are at a conference you don’t have to match everyone else drink for drink at the receptions in fact you don’t even have to drink alcohol, have a soft drink. People around you cannot get a sentence out without cursing, doesn’t mean you have to join them. Most people won’t even notice and those that do just might decide to change their habits.
We don’t have to be preachy about these things. In fact there will be better results if we are not. When asked we can use that time to explain why we feel we need to act in a certain way. Who knows you just might steer someone closer to God.
Have a blessed day,