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A Modern ‘Daniel in the Lions’ Den’

This past week, Clerk Kim Davis was placed in prison because of her religious beliefs. There are Christians that believe she did the right thing and there are Christians that believe she did the wrong thing.

There are times throughout life when God asks us to stand up for Him. This is one of those times. At first glance, it would appear that the problem is about same sex marriage but under the surface, it is about religious freedom.

In the Garden of Eden, Satan used the idea of eating “just a piece of fruit”. He did not tell Adam and Eve all that would happen when they ate “just a piece of fruit”.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9(NIV)

Roaring lions sneak up on their prey by looking like they are part of the landscape. They want to look very plain. Any quick move will give them away. The lion roars only after he has captured his prey.

The gays and lesbians, just like the roaring lions, want their behavior to look like that of an ordinary family because they want to devour the family God established. They are not interested in know what God wants them to know. They are interested in destroying the family structure that God put in place. However, their primary goal is to destroy our religious freedom.

The Old Testament had many examples of people standing up for God. The story of Esther saving the Jewish people from total destruction and the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are illustrations of people standing up for God even when their lives were in danger. However, the story of Daniel and the lions’ den is probably the most like the story of Clerk Kim Davis and the court system.

I would like to illustrate the similarities between Daniel and Kim Davis. Let us look at the following categories: Job Evaluation, Reason, Pretense, Purpose, Enforcement, Consequences, and the Outcome.

Job Evaluation

Daniel

“Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities” Dan. 6:3(NIV)

Clerk Kim Davis

Kim Davis had an outstanding performance for 20+ years. She had been re-elected several times.

Reason

Daniel

Finally, these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” Dan. 5:6(NIV)

Clerk Kim Davis

We will find no fault against Kim unless it we destroy her religious freedom

Pretense (Excuse)

Daniel

Daniel failed to worship the King as the accusers had requested.

Clerk Kim Davis

Kim Davis failed to issue marriage license as the accusers had requested.

Purpose

Daniel

The accusers wanted to get Daniel out of office because he believed in God.

Clerk Kim Davis

The accusers wanted to get Kim Davis out of office because she believes in God.

Response

Daniel

“…Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Dan. 6:10(NIV)

Clerk Kim Davis

Kim Davis continued hold to her belief in God and not issue marriage license

Enforcement

Daniel

Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?…” Dan 6:11-12

Clerk Kim Davis

The accusers, who would benefit from not having Kim Davis in office, complained to people who ignored the constitutions of the United States and Kentucky.

Consequences

Daniel

“So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.” Dan 6:16-17(NIV)

Clerk Kim Davis

The Judge ordered Kim Davis to be thrown into jail.

Outcome

Daniel

19 “At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” Dan 6:19-22(NIV)

 

Clerk Kim Davis

(to be continued)

You see the outcome is still in God’s hands just the same as it was for Daniel. Whose side are you on? Are you on the side of a Loving God, or a Roaring Lion? This battle is not about our sexual orientation, it is about our religious freedom.

 

NOTE: All scripture used in this blog was downloaded from Biblegateway.com on September 6, 2015