Daniel is a book of popular Sunday School stories, and chapter 6 brings us to the lions’ den. However, we don’t always hear about the conspiracy that was taking place behind the scenes to get Daniel into that pit in the first place.
Daniel was made into a powerful leader by Darius after he invaded Babylon, and the other leaders were very jealous. As a result, they knew that they needed some way to discredit Daniel. However, the way that Daniel lived his life gave them very little opportunity.
Dan 6:5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
I thought this was interesting. This should be a model for our Christian lives. We should try to live our lives in such a way that the only thing that people can find “against” us is that we follow God.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what the world is trying to do to us today as well. I think about a slightly different situation that happened with the abortion debate at Oxford University. If you haven’t been following it, there was supposed to be a debate on whether or not abortion was good for society, but because of a threatened demonstration by a small group of students, the venue bailed out at the last minute and would not host the event.
I would be absolutely willing to bet you that if the pro-life position was not being presented and if this was simply a lecture given by someone on the benefits of a pro-choice position, there would not have been the threatened protest.
There is nothing wrong with having a debate, but the only thing that the protesters could find wrong is that they did not like the position.
It is quite a bit like what happened to Daniel. He didn’t do anything wrong, but people did not like him because of God he decided to follow.
No matter what happens, we need to do what Daniel did. He was faithful to the end. He did not deny that he was a follower of God, but he accepted the consequences. Like I say a lot, that is easy for me to write, but I hope that if any of us end up in this type of situation, we will remember this passage and remain strong.