The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise by Chris Hodges
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Rating 3.5 Stars
The focus of Daniel’s Dilemma for us is culture. The coal of changing ones identinty, the test of true worship, and the greatest sin of pride. The balance of self-reliance and being humble with humility. These are all that Daniel faced in his day and that we are in our own day.
While reacquainting myself with Daniel and reflecting the challenges that Christians face today, I thought of the phrase how is God relevant in my life? This question leads to pragmatism and consumerism mind set. The question needs to be asked how am I relevant to God. I don’t think Daniel was basing his life on God’s relevance but his courage came from his closeness to God. Knowing the word and praying 3 times a day is well documented in the scriptures. However, when we see God as creator, we see ourselves relevant to the will of God and we can say with confidence not my will but yours. I don’t say this lightly because it is all based on how closely am I connected to the word of God. This was strongly encouraged in this text by numbering our days.
But the real reason for the this text is how we can more faithful to the will of God and still love others that will disagree.
The text comes in 3 parts
Culture’s Greatest Impact: Confused Identities. I think the whole book could have been written with this and is such an important aspect of Christianity and the culture. The culture has honed in the word identity. With #blacklivesmatter, #metoo #iamsam . All these issues deal with identity and believe it or not Christianity as much to say on identity. We are created in the image of God. Daniel understood his identity in that. There was no debate.
Culture’s Greatest Test: Who Will I Worship We are tested in this everyday. By how we live, how we love, what we value. Daniel was tested in this very thing and his example is straightforward and intentional. He knew whom he served. Do I?
Culture’s Greatest Question: Who is in Charge of my life? . Pride is in each one of us and God has given us the example of Nebuchadnezzar. His pride led to his defeat. We see this time and time again. What is the antidote of pride. Reliance on God. Again, knowing our days our numbered and how are we using them.
Culture’s Greatest Culprit: Unfocused and Busy Lives. There is so much that takes us away from being focused and focusing on what really matters. We all know this. A divided heart will never know the closeness of the Lord until it knows the Lord is all there is. Daniel did not blame his circumstances but prayed for the Glory of God and all would be know his Glory.
Culture’s Greatest Need: Truth and Grace Connecting before correcting is the key to this part. Building relationships not on what we know but how we care.
All in all this was a reminder of influencing the culture and not being swept away from the culture.
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