Thoughts About Daniel
As the story of Daniel’s life unfolds, we learn that he, along with other members of the royal family in Judah, had been carried away into Babylonian Captivity. Although captives, Daniel and his friends were well-treated. In fact, the king appointed daily provisions for them from his own table (Dan. 1:5). However, Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself with the king’s meat or wine (Dan. 1:8). The most likely reason for Daniel’s refusal is that the meat served would have been unclean according to regulations under the Mosaic Law.
There is little doubt but that Daniel and his friends were under tremendous pressure to conform to the king’s expectations rather than maintain their own religious convictions. Initially, his overseer was reluctant to grant Daniel’s request that he and his friends be allowed to refrain from eating the king’s choice food. However, a compromise was worked out and they were allowed to eat their preferred diet of vegetables and water for a trial period of ten days. At the end of their trial period, Daniel and his three friends were found to be distinctly superior to their counterparts for God has blessed them with “knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom” and Daniel, himself, had been given understanding into “all kinds of visions and dreams” (Dan. 1:17).
Daniel did not “go along to get along.” Too many in our day have little real conviction and are willing to compromise on most any point of doctrine or matter of faith in order to be accepted by others and avoid the possibility of being labeled as intolerant. Jesus was intolerant of sin and error. The people He was hardest on were the religious leaders who knew the word of God but refused to stand for it. In our day, many have swallowed the lie denying the existence of absolute truth, choosing instead the false belief that every person determines their own standards of right and wrong. When tempted to follow this crowd, we should remember the words of Solomon, who said, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12). We must not surrender our convictions to the changing tides of human opinion but ground our beliefs solidly upon the word of God. Paul encourages us, saying, “whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Col. 3:17). May God bless each of us as we seek to stand firm in true conviction of our faith.
A number of years ago, in an article published by the Big County Christian News, we were informed of the decision of a panel of judges in Florida who upheld a $108,000 fine against a man who poached 1,088 turtle eggs from one of the state’s parks. The defense argued that an egg isn’t a turtle until it hatches. The prosecution affirmed that 80 to 90 percent of marine turtle eggs are fertile and should be consider a unit of marine life. The judges sided with the prosecution.
Under a decision like this, if human babies were hatched, they would enjoy some measure of protection under the law. But, as it is, many pro-abortionists do not consider a human being a “person” until birth. Apparently, the Supreme Court agreed, and declared all laws protecting the unborn unconstitutional. The article cited asks this very important question: “Isn’t it more than ironic that laws protecting unhatched marine turtles are perfectly all right, but laws protecting unborn human beings are unconstitutional?”
Abortion is more than just a political issue; it is a moral issue. This is not a matter of a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. It is a matter of a human being’s right to exist. The fetus is not a potential human being; but a human being with potential. Legislation cannot legitimize what is inherently wrong.
The Bible describes life in the womb. The apostle Paul was called to be an apostle from his mother’s womb. Likewise, some of the prophets expressed their calling in similar words. David spoke to the matter quite clearly, saying, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” This he said in reference to the fact that God had formed his inward parts even while he was in his mother’s womb (Ps. 139:13-14). It was not just a blob of tissue; it was David in his mother’s womb. In the Law of Moses, the life of an unborn child was protected. Apparently, God considers the unborn to be a living human being.
Science and medical technology have made a strong case supporting the proposition that life begins in the womb. Increasing pressure is making it more and more difficult for those insisting on a woman’s right to get an abortion, even in the later stages of her pregnancy. However, medical science has also provided an abortion pill which is becoming more and more popular in the United States and throughout the world. This allows the unthinkable to occur quietly and conveniently behind the scenes. Abortion is the deliberate termination of that which has already begun—life. Just because the unborn are unable speak for themselves does not mean that actions taken against them are without consequence. Among those things which the Lord hates—things that are an abomination in His sight—are “hands that shed innocent blood” (Prov. 6:17). Pray that the passing of time does not cause us to lose sight of how precious is the life of the unborn.
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