When people have authority they often get to appoint people to oversee those under them. In this particular case, a man named Daniel is given a place of authority as an administrator. Because Daniel was so distinguished compared to the other administrators, he was going to be in charge. All of the other administrators were ticked off because they wanted to have his position. They tried to find a way to get him in trouble but they were unable to because he was a man of integrity.
The other administrators decided to go over his head and convince the King that they should pollute the world with pornography. They should have soft porn on cable TV, hardcore in movies and magazines, strip clubs in nearly every city, and brothels where prostitution took place. They should create technology to put porn on phones, computers, and on billboards. If they could entice everyone with the lure of pornography, they could possibly get Daniel to compromise his integrity. When he did this he would be trapped and would no longer have the same amount of power. They also said that you weren’t allowed to worship other gods than the ones endorsed by the country. You were allowed to worship celebrities, money, and sex but all other gods would be considered idols. So they put this decree in writing. The decree stated that anyone who even prayed to another god would be thrown into the Lion’s Den. They knew that they would get Daniel now.Daniel heard about the decree and he went and locked himself in his room. He spent hours on his knees praying to the God of the Bible and giving him thanks as he had always done. The other administrators found Daniel in his room praying and asking God for help. They went to the king and reminded him about what they must do to Daniel because he was praying to the God of the Bible. Because of this, the king ordered to throw Daniel into the Lion’s Den. The king said “may your God rescue you”, in a mocking tone of voice. The locked him in the Lion’s Den so he was unable to get out. Daniel was surrounded by the luring temptations of porn and sensation that surrounded him; movies, games, lingerie, magazines, novelty items, etc. Everywhere he looked he was surrounded by the gods of sex and lust. He remained steadfast on his knees in prayer asking that God protect him from the temptations. After being locked in for one day, the king came to see if Daniel had been rescued from the Lion’s Den. Daniel told the king of how God had protected him and how he wasn’t hurt and he was found innocent in the eyes of God even while trapped in such an evil place. The king gave orders to be removed from the Lion’s Den and Daniel remained unscathed. The men who had accused Daniel of worshipping the God of the Bible were then thrown into the Lion’s Den. They were overpowered and devoured by the temptations of porn. The king then responded that everyone must worship the God of the Bible because he rescues and saves from the enemy. As a result of his integrity and faith, Daniel lived a life of prosperity. It is interesting to me that there are adult superstores all over the country and they are called the Lion’s Den. This story is similar to the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den in the Bible. I believe that there are many well-meaning people who worship the God of the Bible living with me in this world that is saturated with sex and pornography. We feel like it is overbearing and often it seems as if there is no way that we can avoid it. Many teens give in to the pressure and participate in the watching of movies, the viewing of magazines, and other pornographic acts that can destroy us. It seems as if we are trapped in a literal Lion’s Den and porn is hard to avoid. We can learn from the example of Daniel, that God’s power is greater than the powers of porn and sex. He is able to rescue us and save us from any temptation that comes our way. One of our greatest assets as believers is prayer. When we are constantly talking with our Lord, He is close to us. The apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians that we should, “Pray continually”. While that may not seem practical or even possible it is necessary in order to refrain from the temptations that pornography often throws at us. When the pop-up appears if we are praying, we will have the power to click out of it. When friends pressure us to participate, God will give us the strength to remain pure.
To read about this great man of faith grab a Bible and check out Daniel 6.