Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

A man from Brooklyn had his name changed from Kelly to Feinberg. Then, a year later, he had it changed from Feinberg to Garibaldi.

“Are you trying to make the court look foolish?” thundered the judge.

“Not at all, Your Honor,” said the applicant. “My neighborhood keeps changing.” ~ Family Weekly

As a young man, Daniel’s neighbors changed too, as he was taken in captivity with his people, to Babylon. There, because his family was prominent when they were back home, the king had him brought to the palace, and he was being trained to be a protege of the king. He would become an ambassador for the king, to the Jewish people.

There was a great deal of effort to assimilate Daniel into this new pagan culture. They changed his name, gave him new clothing to wear, and began teaching him the ways of the Babylonians, and even tried to put him on a special diet.

However, the diet violated God’s law, and Daniel’s convictions, as all of it had been offered to idols. Daniel was a strong believer, and he proved to be resilient to that change, and any other that he had strong beliefs about.

As Christian men, we face a lot of pressure to conform to the pagan and secular culture in which we live.

The so-called “educational institutions” are primarily secular, the modern fashion often glorifies rebellion, and the amusement and entertainment available around us is rarely wholesome.

Paul told the Corinthian Christians, who faced similar cultural pressure …

2 Corinthians 6:17–18 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Your spiritual resilience is mandatory in this crooked world. Don’t give in.

Today’s Inspirational Song: Holy is He