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The Fear Of Being Different

Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.


But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

Daniel 1:6-10

Most of us just want to live out our lives in peace and go basically unnoticed by the government. However, as Christians, there may be times that we are specifically called to step up and be noticed for our differences. Jesus specifically states that his disciples will go before rulers (political leaders) and important people and to be prepared to hear from the Holy Spirit as to how to respond and what to say (Matt 10:19). Nearly in the same breath, Jesus says that if we deny him before humankind that he will deny us before the Father (Matt 10:32-33). Although it is not reasonable for Christians to expect to have those outside of God’s family live with biblical values, it is imperative that we stand up for our own values and be prepared to explain why we insist on living with the moral absolutes with which we live. Standing up for our right to live goldy lives, however, will take a tremendous amount of courage and will require that we have a solid foundation in our knowledge of the Judeo-Christian God. Knowing God does not happen by osmosis or emotional imagination. It means really digging into the Scriptures with the sole purpose of knowing God intimately.

We must understand that the LORD of all creation only has our best interest in mind, as he is the one who knows how he created every cell in our body. In case you have not noticed, the world has become very dark and hostile toward the things of God. In