Summary: Daniel's response to a kingdom wide crisis teaches Christians how to respond to today's decaying moral culture.
If College students in America today represent the future of our nation, we are in great trouble! Perhaps you have seen one of those “man on the street” interviews on a college campus where students are unable to provide even the most basic details of American History, the political process or current national leaders. It is simultaneously humorous and depressing to hear twenty-somethings unable to state the year of America's independence or one of the Founding Fathers. America’s future looks bleak when college students have such a poor educational background. The economic, political and moral crisis of our day is only bound to get worse.
America is reaping the full blossom of the destruction of morals that began in the 1960's.
We have turned away from God. A small minority of secularists in Academics, Entertainment and Politics have worked with great success to eliminate all public reference to God and portray Christians as ignorant, unscientific and intolerable.
Clayton NJ, is a neighboring town is in the cross-hairs of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The town’s seal includes the phrase, “A good place to live and play, work and pray” and a picture of a Church with a cross on it. Clayton Mayor Tom Bianco says the seal represents Clayton’s history, and that the town does not endorse any religion, and that the seal will stay.
It is the atheists who are intolerant and aggressively indoctrinating people. Not the Christians. Not the Church.
All of this effort to de-Christianize America has left us with an increasingly pagan culture, and increasingly wicked leaders.
The consequences are already being felt.
lost our identity
lost our values
re-defined the family
re-ignited racial tension
burdened future generations with staggering debt
we have replaced education with social indoctrination.
AND the CONSEQUENCES are being felt by everyone - Christian and non-Christian alike. God warns us of the consequences of living in a nation that turns from God.
Proverbs 29:2 "When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan."
Ecclesiastes 10:5 "There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler:"
Q: What can I do when the consequences of evil threaten me and my family?
There is an example! DANIEL
In Daniel 2, wicked king Nebuchadnezzer issued an Executive Order to kill all of the wise men in Babylon.
The Hebrew and Babylonian Wise Men would all suffer!
Daniel 2:1–13 (ESV)
1 In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. 2 Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” 4 Then the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.” 5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “The word from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. 6 But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.” 7 They answered a second time and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation.” 8 The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm— 9 if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.” 10 The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean. 11 The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”
12 Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. 13 So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.