Summary: What are you known for? Daniel’s reputation and faithfulness stood the test in the face of death. Yours can too! Will it?
I’m sure you’ve all noticed all the signs everywhere these days. Vote for so and so! The primaries are just around the corner and we will be appointing men and women into the offices of public service for another few years.
Politics is a cutthroat place to be sometimes. An honest politician who stands by what he knows is right even in the face of great opposition is a rare bird indeed.
One recent politician said that he would do whatever it took to be elected. I say, any man who will do whatever it takes to be elected is not someone I want in office. Thank God for anyone like Daniel who works in Washington DC today.
Today we will look at a man of God who served in political office for many years. Some of his record of service is recorded for us in the book of Daniel.
Chapter 6 tells us one of the most popular stories in the Bible. It all happened in Babylon when Darius the Mede was king.
First we learn that Darius took notice of Daniel’s abilities and lifted him to a high position. Verses 1-3
Second we see that not everyone was happy about Darius’ decision. Verses 4-5
Third we see the devious nature of Daniel’s enemies and how they conspired to get rid of him. Verses 6-9.
Next we see the highlight of the whole story. It is not that Daniel was rescued from the lions. That was just a fringe benefit. The high point in this episode is how Daniel proves faithful to God, even in the face of this law that stood opposed to Daniel’s faith and practice.
We may find ourselves facing laws that are against God’s Word today. What about laws that tell our public school teachers and staff that they can no longer pray or share the Bible with their students? What about the laws that protect the so called right to kill an unborn child by abortion? What about the laws that endorse homosexuality and the move to ban a Christian’s right to speak out against it?
Our country has always been plagued with immoral laws. What about the laws that made it possible to own blacks as slaves? What about the laws that created the trail of tears? Immoral humans make immoral laws. There is only one perfect set of laws in this world, and they were given by one perfect lawgiver and recorded in one perfect book. Human lawgivers are all imperfect and so are their laws. There will always be people like those who conspired against Daniel, and there will always be political leaders like Darius who will be blinded to the evil intent of such conspiracy by pride or greed or whatever, and will put into law immoral legislation and have to enforce it. By God’s grace, there will also always be people of faith who will take a stand, people who will risk everything because they know and love the God of heaven and earth and are loyal and faithful to Him above all else.
My challenge to each of you is this: be one of those people. Dare to be a Daniel. Dare to stand alone. Dare to have a purpose true. Dare to make it known.
Isn’t it amazing that Daniel’s enemies couldn’t find anything in him to accuse him for? At least not in truth. Perhaps they were fearful of making a false accusation. They could have, you know. But maybe Daniel’s nearness to the king made that too difficult. What was known about Daniel was that he was a man of faith in his God. What a wonderful reputation!