Daniel 1 “Uncompromised Identity”

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Have you ever been in a situation where the way people acted and the expectations seemed completely foreign to you?  In one sense, you may not know how to act and if your normal way of behavior is acceptable. In another sense, you may get the impression, whether directly or indirectly, that there are expectations of how you are to be that you may not know or be comfortable with.

The book of Daniel takes place as Daniel is taken captive and forced into a foreign culture.  He is offered the best food, education, and position the culture has and is forced to decide whether or not he will engage these things or separate himself from them.  We too find ourselves in a culture that is foreign to the way Scripture calls us to live. Every day we face the question of how we can live uncompromised in a world that offers us the “best” it has to offer?

Questions to take home:

  1. Daniel is presented with the best of everything Babylon has to offer; he says yes to some and no to others.  Daniel’s ability to discern and live differently was transformational to those around him. How do you discern between the things of this world that we can cooperate with and those we should resist?
  2. Are there things in your life that have or are actively compromising your faith, witness and/or obedience to Jesus Christ?  What are they? What is one step you can you take this week to move away from it?
  3. In the story of Daniel, God blesses Daniel and his friends in specific ways through their obedience to Him.  How have you experienced God’s specific blessing in your life through intentional obedience to Him in the face of cultural pressure?