“We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” So the administrators and the satraps went as a group to the king and said: “O King Darius, live forever! The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, O king, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Daniel 6:5–10, NIV 1984).
My Musings – As our Christian culture is increasingly cancelled, as it gives way to physical persecution, like it already has in some countries, will they find any basis for charges against us? Will we succumb to the pressure to conform and blend in to avoid the charges and persecution? If we do, we may avoid the persecution, but our witness is nevertheless cancelled. Or will we dig in our heels, get in the face of those who oppose us, and fight fire with fire? If we do, we will be waging war as the world does. Or will we put away our swords and drink the cup our Father has given us? Just like our Lord did. And just like Daniel did. Undeterred he continued to worship and serve the Lord “just as he had done before.“
My Advice – “You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 13:9–11, NIV 1984). We do not need to defend ourselves [in these matters]. [Even] if we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want [the world] to know that we will [continue in service to the Lord] (Daniel 3:16–18, NIV 1984]. “Just as [we] had done before.” Let’s just make sure that what we have been doing before doesn’t need to be cancelled.