Faithfulness to God’s Word is not only difficult in our modern era, but it also puts us in direct contradiction to the expectations and rules of our contemporary context, whether spoken or unspoken. Because the days of cultural religiosity are dissipating, perhaps even gone, the basic expressions of Christianity are becoming increasingly offensive. Daniel’s example is a reminder that our obedience must not change though the world around us is changing. With full knowledge of the potential cost, Daniel chose to live by a higher law. God calls us to do the same. Doing so will require us to resist justifying compromise with unbiblical excuses. Often, keeping our faith quiet or hidden seems reasonable, not because it is but because it is much easier. While we should strive to be good citizens whose presence blesses society, we should be unashamed in our determination to please God more than those around us. Our enthusiasm to serve our true King ought to be a constant reminder that this world is not our final home.
In what ways do you feel pressure to compromise your faith because of the standards in our world?