Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house, and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he got down upon his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously -Daniel 6:10
It is a virtuous trait for leaders to stand up for what they believe in. Good leaders fail to yield to pressure and hang tough when pushed to compromise their values. Those who allow others to influence them to pursue ignoble cause choose to trade off their virtue and integrity. However, when leaders decide to stand their ground when pushed to exchange their integrity for materiality, they set the right precedence for other to follow.
In Daniel chapter 6, Daniel had to fly in the face of King Nebuchadnezzar's order, requesting all his subjects to bow before his graven image. Daniel put a high premium on his identity as God’s representative. So he was unwilling to worship the crafted in disregard of the Creator of all things. Daniel didn’t play it safe even when his life was on the line.
The determination of Daniel to stand firm without compromising his divine identity moved God to fight for him. His enemies who wanted to force him out of office and have him executed, ended up in the belly of the lions, as the consequence for their act of conspiracy against him. Hence, leaders who maintain a firm stand for the right cause are not alone in the battle; they have God in their corner to enable them push ahead with their mission without hitting the brakes. May you never trade your dignity for ignoble cause that is packaged with enticing offers in Jesus name.