King Darius issued an executive order that prohibited prayer. Daniel, in what amounts to civil disobedience, continued to pray three times a day and is caught. He ended up being sentenced to capitol punishment — death by lions. God intervened and Daniel was saved from execution.
Why do you think King Darius issued the order to begin with? Why do you think Daniel chose to break the law of the land, knowing it could mean execution? What does God’s intervention reveal about God in relationship to Darius’ “law and order” edict?
We often say, “Do the crime; do the time”. This attitude reveals an underlying assumption that all laws are just. Historically, what are some examples of “unjust laws”? How do you determine whether a law is “just” or “unjust”? Have you ever acted in “civil disobedience” because of the law clashed with your faith? If not, why not?
In April 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. was jailed in Birmingham for violating an injunction to refrain from organizing or promoting protests against segregation. Many pastors criticized him for breaking the law and using “extreme” tactics in his fight for equality. In response, he wrote his famous “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”. You can read it HERE.