ASK // SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
...and [Daniel] asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
When Daniel made the decision to draw the line to not defile himself, he did so with tact toward the leaders of Babylon. He did not get defensive or go on an attack. He asked for permission.
The best way to take a stand for what we believe is to follow the example of Daniel and use tact. It's better to ask than to attack. Attacking puts people into a defensive stance and does not honor our Lord. We don't win people to the cause of Jesus by purposely offending them. We can be right in what we stand for and wrong in how we do it. This doesn't mean that we water down our commitment. Instead, we learn to give a gentle answer.
Peter gives us wise counsel on how we are to represent our faith to the unbelieving world. Today, read the passage below and think through what it looks like for you to represent your faith in the midst of the tension of 2020.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect... (1 Peter 3:15)