Daniel and his friends are a great model for us. Like us, they are living in a society with someone else’s norms, rules, and values – and they either remember or know others who remember when that wasn’t the case. Like us, they are trying to discern what it means to be “in the world but not of it,” to be immersed in the world but to be faithful to the LORD. Like us, the story they hear alternately challenges and discourages their faith and romances them. Like us, the reality of these circumstances isn’t going to change soon.