Dare to be a Daniel

I used this video in a presentation I did this last spring semester on how the home and peers affect a student’s achievement. I was trying to make a point about how powerful peer pressure can be on a person. As you saw in this video the person who was the “guinea pig” went along with the group even though he knew they were saying the wrong answer.

At a camp retreat I went to a few weeks ago, the theme for the week was having a Biblical Christian world-view. In the Bible study for college age people we talked about what it means to be a Christian in today’s society as well as the importance of defending our faith. We are instructed in the Bible to be ready and able to give an answer to anyone who asks of the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). If one is living as a Christian should, he will stand out regardless.

Yet, it’s so much harder in practice! I find myself at college wanting to shrink back and hide my light under a bushel or just go along with the group answer because I’m afraid of criticism. The minister who taught our Bible study exhorted us to dare to be a Daniel. He also gave us the words to a song many of us learned as children:

Standing by a purpose true, Heeding God’s Command.
Honor them, the faithful few, All hail to Daniel’s Band!
Many mighty men are lost, Daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host, by joining Daniel’s Band!
Many giants, great and tall, Stalking thro’ the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall, If met by Daniel’s Band!
Hold the gospel banner high! On to vic-t’ry grand!
Satan and his host defy, and Shout for Daniel’s Band!
Dare to be a Daniel, Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm! Dare to make it known!

My challenge to you as well as myself is to dare to be a Daniel. Though as the video proves, by ourselves we cannot stand, the pressure is too much. Only through the power of the Lord in us can we stand.

Soldiers of the cross, arise, Lo, your Captain from the skies, Holding forth the glittering prize, Calls to victory. Fear not, though the battle lower, Firmly stand the trying hour, Stand the tempter’s utmost power, Spurn his slavery.

Dare to be a Daniel!


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