“Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Daniel was now in the service of the third king and of two different nations, all in the same place. You don’t achieve such a thing unless you have a reputation that precedes you by a long, long way. Indeed, Daniel had a reputation for wisdom, character, and integrity that was far above anyone else in the whole of the kingdom. In fact, when his enemies determined to take him down because of their jealousy of his power and position, the only possible basis they could find for accusing and condemning him was his faithfulness to God.
Think about that one for a minute. We are living in a day when it seems like the news breaks of a new media personality or politician or celebrity who has been accused of sexual misdeeds almost every day. We’ve seen national notables like Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor fired for it. Just yesterday news broke of an accusation against Ryan Seacrest. We are beginning to enter an age of cynicism in which people assume that everyone has a skeleton in their closet waiting to be revealed. All it takes is a little opposition research.
And yet, that’s exactly what these men did to Daniel. They asked around. They followed him. They sent spies to check on him. They looked under every rock, deep inside every closet, dug a thousand different holes in his backyard…and they couldn’t find a thing. The only thing he was, was faithful to his God both in public and within the confines of his home. There wasn’t a public and a private Daniel. There was simply a Daniel.
May the same be said of us.