“As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth. Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.” (9:13-14)
We have observed just how righteous of a man Daniel is, yet he confesses the sins of his people as if they were his own.
I think we can all learn from this posture of humility. As a white American, “my people” have done a ton of horrible things to African, Latin, Native and Muslim Americans. Instead of separating myself and insisting that someone come along and claim that crap and apologize, I think Daniel teaches me how to confess these sins as my own. To beg the LORD for His name to prevail over the name I’ve tarnished.
It’s foundationally human to sidestep blame and responsibility. By contrast, it is foundationally Christ-like to bear the weight of another’s offense. Christ gave the final word on the powerful sting of death.
Lord, heal our proud hearts! I surrender my pride and the impulse to defend myself; admitting I am broken and come from a long line of broken people. We have not respected your image or the divine worth of Your children. We have sinned against You and even done much of it in Your name. Restore Your Great Name for Your Own sake and forgive us. Lead us to repentance, in Jesus’ name.