Pastor commented recently in Bible class about how Daniel and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego served the Bad Guy. They were faithful Jews/Christians, even though they were civil servants in Babylon. Pastor said it was something to ponder with regard to our vocation as citizens.
After he pointed this out, I went and checked out the dating. Wow -- Daniel was nabbed the first time Babylon came in and overran Jerusalem. According to the stories in Chronicles and the first chapter of Daniel, those bright young men would have been taken, oh, say, 15-20 years before the temple was destroyed and the whole country was stomped on. And while Daniel faithfully prayed for God's will and for right worship and for faith among his countrymen, he was a government official serving the king who was destroying Judah. It looks like Daniel was helping Nebuchadnezzar who was sent by God to punish Israel. How weird would that be?
I think maybe there is something to ponder there.