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Taking a stand

Four young men, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah lived in a time of a radical change and the people they went to live among were affected by the lives and convictions of these four young men, see  Daniel 1. Our lives like theirs can also influence others.

Daniel had various administrative responsibilities but he was not absorbed by them. He was known as one who served his God continually, 6:16,20. Daniel and his three friends belonged to Jewish nobility; they were young men “without any physical defect, handsome, intelligent, well informed, quick to understand” 1:3, 4. They had a bright future in Judah, but it was now even brighter in the large and prosperous Babylonian Empire where they were taken as captives. They were integrated fully into this new culture, even their names were changed, 1:7.

What kept these young men from losing their identity as people of God? They had made up their minds (I like what the NIV says, “they resolved”) not to defile themselves with the royal food and wine, 1:8. Daniel asked for another menu, v12. They did not mind living in another culture or being given different names.  However, they knew what God wanted them to eat or not eat and they would keep to that, they would take a stand for God. Today, believers do not have a diet chart or menu, but the principle is that God wants us to be in the world but not be overtaken by the world. Daniel gives us a striking example how we can take a stand with courage and courtesy.

There inevitably come those times in the life of a Christian when he, for conscience sake in the light of the word of God, must take a stand against some worldly practice. Daniel has given us a striking example of how to do this, not only courageously, but graciously, and effectively and our lives, like Daniel’s, will affect others. God honoured Daniel’s graciousness as well as his courageous faithfulness, and He will do the same for us as well.

Paul urges believers not to “conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2). Life is made up of small choices based on Biblical convictions. As we walk with the Lord our lives affect others as did Daniel and his friends. I love what Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”.