Daniel Was A Radical

…Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. 4 Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.” – Dan 6:3-5 (NASB)

Daniel was an exceptional young man, a man in whom was an “extraordinary spirit.” There is no record of Daniel being highly skilled above his peers in any physical way, he wasn’t the best stone-mason, he wasn’t the best chariot racer, but the quality of his character is what was different.

When the other government officials saw that Daniel was being blessed,and promoted above them, they plotted together to bring him down. As they were considering how they might bring him into disfavor with the king, it says that they could find no ground of accusation, and no corruption in him. Daniel was the real deal. He was a faithful follower of God. Eventually, these jealous colleagues would resort to accusations about Daniel’s religion.

Here, in the practice of his faith, these opponents could find fault, –Daniel was a radical. He was one of those guys who actually practiced what he believed, and he was uncompromising, and unintimidated.
Daniel is a beautiful picture of what we need more of in our day, men of principle and conviction, men who have authentic integrity, and live their lives with complete transparency. This was the kind of man that the (human) king wanted to promote to rule his kingdom. How much more will the Lord honor the man (or woman) who is completely His.

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