Not to Defile

Daniel 1: 8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. 9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs,

I don’t know what it’s like to be Daniel.

My country has never been overthrown by an oppressive regime and I have not been forced into slavery. I am grateful for being blessed by God I live in a safe nation.

I do know what it is like to have pressure to defile your personal honor and values.

Someone wants you to lie for them, a boss or manager asks you to do a task that is dangerous or a friend pressures you to do something illegal.

Things seem so cut and dried when we read the story of Daniel. Daniel was tempted but he stool his ground, he was honorable. But I am curious to know how the scene looked in the moment. Was is really as easy to stand firm as it sounds?

Was there a room full of Babylonians watching him and sneering as he ate vegetables and denied the non-kosher meats of the rest? Were there insults thrown at the Jews as they tried to hold on to a faith that must of been so foreign to those in Babylon?

We may not know the scenes but we know the outcome. Standing our ground is hard to do sometimes but when we do, our resolve grows and our boldness as well. Soon, we may even find that we stand our ground and not even realize we have done it.

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