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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Accusations of Faith (Daniel 6)

Have you ever been persecuted for your faith? Have you ever had people criticize what you won't do, won't support, or won't say? Have you ever had people ridicule you, saying, "all you do is study your Bible and go to church; there's more to life than that!!"

Last Sunday our pastor preached on a passage we are probably all familiar with from Daniel 6, the story of Daniel in the lions' den.

It's the story of Daniel getting thrown in the lions' den and God sending an angel to shut the lions' mouths so that Daniel emerged the next day totally unharmed.

But there's a lot more to this story than the part about Daniel in the lions' den that hopefully applies to our lives today. The part that should apply is "why" Daniel was thrown into the lions' den.

Daniel's work associates wanted to take him down so that they could lift themselves up. But due to Daniel's hard work and integrity, they couldn't find any dirt on him to smear his name.

In fact they said:

Daniel 6:5, "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.”

In order to make Daniel look bad, they had to make obeying the Law of God look bad. So they ended up finagling a way to make Daniel's prayers to God, punishable by death.

Personally, I have faced accusations but not persecution. Daniel faced persecution in which his life was on the line for obeying God.

But what I think could be a point of application for all of us, is how we respond when we face accusations for our faith?

It may come in the form of criticism for what we are not willing to do or support. It may come in the form of people not liking us or not wanting to be around us because we are trying to obey God's Word. Whatever the form is, we need to respond in a way that honors Jesus.

First, we need to remember what Jesus told us concerning accusations of our faith:

Matthew 5:10-12 [10] Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. [12] Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

If the only accusations people have towards us is our faith, that's something we can be thankful for. But we need to make sure we never give them grounds for any other accusation.

Second, our response to such accusations should always be to love and pray for our accusers rather than to get caught up in arguments which are absolutely pointless:

Matthew 5:44 Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the Law, because these are unprofitable and useless.

Third, like Daniel, we must be respectful of the opinions and choices of those around us while standing on God's Word, obeying His commands, and refusing to defile ourselves.

Matthew 24:11,13 [11] And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. [12] Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Finally, as followers of Jesus, we have to stay focused on our purpose. Our purpose is not to "save" people. Only God can do that.

Our purpose according to Scripture is to go and tell people about the salvation they can have through faith in Jesus and then baptize and teach those who choose to repent and believe in Him.

Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. [19] Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Dear Lord, I pray that the only accusations that can be made against me is that I am too focused on following and obeying You. Lord, I know sometimes people will accuse me of "judging others" if I refuse to affirm the sin which they want me to support. But Lord, I pray that my life, my words, and my walk would prove to be innocent of any charges other than obeying You, just like Daniel did. Lord, please put it on my heart of how I am to show love to those who just want to accuse me. I pray that my love for them would heal the anger in their hearts and draw them to You. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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