Dan 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. 10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. 11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
In Daniel chapter six, Daniel had been in captivity in Babylon but now a new nation of the Medes was now ruling. Because Daniel had an excellent spirit and there was no occasion to find fault with him a scheme was plotted by the presidents and princes under him to ruin him. They decide to set him up because they know his impeccable character is predictable, he will not compromise. They get the king to sign off on a decree that anyone petitioning or praying to any other God instead of the king would be thrown in prison.
What did Daniel do when he heard the decree? Daniel 6:10 tells us he defies the kings decree that violated God’s law, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” He wouldn’t surrender to this decree and get absorbed into his cultures views of what was right and wrong. He wouldn’t privatize his faith into silence so that it was muted to his culture. No, he opens the window and prays boldly and out loud. He gets thrown into the lions den, of course, but because he believed God in the midst of the lions, there was no manner of hurt found upon him Daniel 6:23.
Daniel is great example the type of believer that is needed in our day to stand uncompromisingly for the truth of God’s Word. There are areas of life where no moral issue is involved and the matter is unessential to ones salvation. In these areas we have liberty to make concessions and as much as lieth within us to live peaceably with all men but we don’t adapt down the Word of God.
Some think the practice of Christianity should be kept within an individual’s heart or kept behind its four walls. If William Wilberforce, an English politician, would have privatized his faith as some suggest, slave trade wouldn’t have been abolished. Christianity is not here to be a private faith but a bold faith lived out in public view of all just like our Savior who was crucified in public before all. We are the SALT OF THE EARTH and the LIGHT OF THE WORLD (not light inside our heart or light inside of the Church).