Daniel 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.
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’s way too much compromise in the Church and we could take a few lessons from Daniel’s life of no compromise. Compromise is a weakening of one’s principles, values, and standards. It is an adjustment, an adapting down, an accommodation, and making concessions. Our standard is the truth of God’s Word so compromise to a Christian is the weakening of the principles, values, and standards of God’s Word to fit a morally declining culture. 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.
In Daniel chapter six, Daniel had been in captivity in Babylon but now a new nation of the Medes was now ruling. The king of the Medes was Dairius and because of Daniels gifting he has found favor in the new kings administration and promotion. This favor of the king toward a Jewish exile carried captive into Babylon, raised up many enemies to Daniel. 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, “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 refused to live in denial and totally segregate himself off from his surrounding culture and become a religious recluse. 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.
This made the king sad and when he went to the lions den to see Daniel he says “Hey Daniel, you in there?” Oh yes king, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt Dan 6:22.” So the king made another decree, “I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian Daniel 6:26-28.” You cannot change a culture by trying to be like them. Instead of the culture changing Daniel, by not compromising, Daniel changed his culture.
Some think the practice of Christianity should be kept within an individual’s heart or kept behind its four walls. Those who say we are free to believe what we want to believe so long as we keep those beliefs to ourselves are hypocritical. They strive for an ideological neutral society by keeping “faith or religion” out of public places like schools, government buildings, courthouses, political offices, or entire public sphere of life. What these secularists fail to acknowledge is that what they want everyone else to do is in itself a belief, a belief in secularism, which to many is their religion of the secular state. What they really want to exclude is a certain kind of faith; namely, the Christian faith because it is the only faith that can curb the sprawl of big government and the secular state telling us how to live.
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).