The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” (Daniel 6:19-23 ESV)
In many cases, our “foot forward” to those in authority on our campuses is not “O king, live forever!” But the Book of Daniel (as I mentioned yesterday) is an amazing case study of a man who feared God and honored the king (a la I Peter 2:17). Yes, he shared about his God and was not shy in following Him… but he “packaged” that divine obedience with human respect as often as possible.
(Notice he begins above with “live forever!” and ends with “before you … I have done no harm,” actually sandwiching his proclamation between statements of fidelity – and that after a night in the lion’s den, which surely is more troubling than getting deprived of our normal spot in the Student Center.)
Does the administration, faculty, and staff of your campus see your campus ministry as a valuable addition to the campus tribe? And do they recognize that you honor their authority?
We will offend. But let it be, as far as depends on us, that they “shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless [they] find it in connection with the law of [our] God” (Dan. 6:5).