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5 Political Lessons From Babylon

9033698-politics-magnifying-glass-over-background-with-different-association-terms-vector-illustrationWith the primary election just completed here in Missouri and the general election on the not-too-distant horizon, the political season is in full swing.

(Slumps shoulders. Issues long, melancholy sigh.)

I like politics. I find politics to be really interesting. And I very much believe in the importance of politics. But for a variety of reasons and at multiple levels, I’ve found myself discouraged about the state of our political landscape quite a bit lately.

Which is why I’ve found spending time in the Old Testament book of Daniel over the last few weeks to be really helpful. The book centers around the title character, a Jew from Jerusalem taken into exile by the conquering Babylonian empire. As we’ve discussed its first four chapters in a Sunday morning connections class at The Crossing, I’ve been reminded of several important truths, including:

Are You on the Wrong Side of History?

Unknown“You’re on the wrong side of history.”

These days, Christians hear that sentiment, if not those exact words, on a regular basis. But this isn’t exactly new. For the last two thousand years, in places all around the world, Christians have regularly found themselves called to live lives that are out of step with the prevailing cultural winds swirling around them.

In our own time, biblical teaching increasingly cuts against the broadly held belief that each of us is the master of our own life, the final judge of what is true and, maybe even more importantly, what leads to happiness. And so, for example, a biblically faithful view on the topics of sex, gender, and family is increasingly seen as not simply old-fashioned, but rather repressive and even bigoted…and therefore on the wrong side of history.

How do we respond in light of this? A couple of thoughts: