“Please test your servants for ten days, and let us be given some vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be observed in your presence and the appearance of the youths who are eating the king’s choice food; and deal with your servants according to what you see” (Daniel 1:13).
While the media portrays only the extremist opinions spewed forth by angry bombastic reactionaries, it is the wise consensus builders, like Daniel, to whom we should lend our ear. The conflict is real: because of biblical principle, Daniel refuses to eat from the King’s table, while Nebuchadnezzar’s commander will lose his head if Daniel does not partake (v.10). With a spirit of kindness (please) and humility (your servants), Daniel offers an alternative plan that allows both to fulfill their task while being true to their convictions. No anger, vitriol, shouting down, or name-calling. By the fruit of the Spirit an agreeable solution was reached. How refreshing!