Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us…For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. (1 Peter 2:11–12, 15-17, NIV 1984).
The administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” (Daniel 6:4–5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – So, how do you think we are doing as Church in silencing “the ignorant talk of foolish men” who are looking for every opportunity to “accuse [us] of doing wrong?” Are we making it easy or hard for them to “find grounds for charges against [us] in [our] conduct? Are we living “as servants of God,” or are we exercising our “freedom as a cover-up for evil?” Do we “show proper respect to everyone,” or just those who agree with our world-view? Do we honor the “king” whether red or blue? It is possible to show both respect and honor even if we vigorously disagree with what they stand for isn’t it?
My Advice – There should be a discernible difference (“see [our] good deeds”) in this world between those who are followers of Christ and those who are not (“among the pagans”). The only acceptable “basis for charges against [us]” should have “to do with the law or [our God].” Let’s be “trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent” as we “live as servants of God.” “For it is God’s will.”
I think we have work to do. I know I do.