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DANIEL 9:3-5
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent
spirit was in him; end the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the
governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom;
but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or
fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel
unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”
It’s been suggested that to put honest and politician together creates an oxymoron (two words
that contradict each other), and sometimes it does seem that way.
A few years ago a cartoon, from the Wall Street Journal showed a young, fresh man
congressman saying to an older member, “Hi! I’m a freshman-when do I get corrupted?”
But not all politicians live so fast and loose. Daniel held a high political position. He had
been personal advisor to at least three kings (Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar and Darius).
And certainly he must have had his share of opportunities for financial kickbacks, sexual
improprieties and palace intrigues.
But even those who hated him confessed that they could “find no charge or fault.” He not
only professed to walk according to the moral standards of his God, but he practiced them
faithfully as well.

Today we stand in great need of men and women who are willing to serve in public office
with Christian integrity. Likely someone in politics is subject to greater-than-average
Yet as Daniel demonstrated, God is able to give the moral strength to fulfill such a position
honestly and uprightly.
As you exercise your duty in the voting booth, consider the moral character of those you
vote for in addition, to other qualifications.
And search your own heart, Are there skeletons from your past that need to be confessed and
removed? Let God make an “honest politician” out of you.

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