When Daniel knew the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had his windows open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God AS HE HAD DONE PREVIOUSLY.
Neither the decision of a secular government nor the threat of his opponents caused Daniel to change anything when it came to his worship and conduct before God. Daniel did not wait until the document had been signed to decide how he would react—that decision had been made long before when he had determined in his heart not to defile his conscience before his God (Daniel 1:8).
Daniel did not open his windows as a reactionary move so the people could see his “defiance” of the edict; he opened them because he ALWAYS had opened them and was not going to change his behavior because now it carried consequences.
It is not time for Churches and Pastors and Christians to DECIDE what to do in response to our own secular government; that should have been DECIDED long ago.
Edicts and consequences do not make up our minds; Truth and Conscience is the answer and will continue to be!
Pastor Stephen Willoughby
Pastor Steve grew up in Columbia,South America, where his parents served as missionaries for 25 years. After graduating from Capital Bible Seminary, he was invited to serve as Assistant Pastor at FBCP. He has served in that capacity for twenty years before taking on the position of Senior Pastor.