I’m reading the book of Daniel right now, and love the example of excellence we see amongst this man and his three friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They had just been captured by King Nebuchadnezzar and were brought in to become Babylonians, and serve the new kingdom.
Daniel and his friends went along with a bunch of changes, including their names (from God-honoring names, to names that honored the Babylonians false gods, as a matter of fact.)
But there was one thing Daniel wouldn’t go along with: He wouldn’t stray from a diet that God had given to His people.
Because of Daniel’s allegiance, first to God, and then to the folks above him, God was glorified and Daniel was placed in a position of influence. Take a look:
When the training period ordered by the king was completed, the chief of staff brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and no one impressed him as much as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they entered the royal service. Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom. (Daniel 1:18-20)
We see the same in the story of Joseph as well as instructions to married wives who’s husband’s aren’t following Jesus like they do (1 Peter 3:2).
In this constantly changing political and social climate, it gives me great hope to know that God has worked through ungodly kingdoms before and will guide and protect His children, even in the midst of corruption.
No matter what scenario we find ourselves in today, or in the future, it’s my prayer that we would honor God first, but then have excellence in our work, no matter who is ‘ruling’ over us. That just may be the key to change the path of a heart or a nation that is walking away from God.
Just ask Daniel and Joseph.