It’s no secret we live in a culture that is becoming increasingly more corrupt.
Sin is rampant and excused. God’s truth is being distorted.
And as we watch this unfold in front of us, it would be easy to get stuck thinking that this means we should disengage from culture and protect ourselves and our families.
But this is not what God has called us to do. In fact, I think he’s called many of us to live like Daniel in the midst of this culture.
I think there are three things we can learn from the example of Daniel.
Daniel was a Hebrew, and his Hebrew name (Daniel) meant “God is my judge.” But scripture tells us he was also given a Babylonian name, Belteshazzar, which means “Baal is my God.” When the Babylonians invaded Israel around 586 BC, their intention was to take and retain power by integrating the Israelites into their culture.
The king of the Babylonians at the time (King Nebuchadnezzar) focused especially on the elite, the leaders of culture.
If he could change them, he figured, he could change everyone.