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Daniel 6:11

posted Sep 14, 2012, 9:37 AM by David Gerhart   [ updated Sep 15, 2012, 9:20 AM ]
Daniel, a captive in Babylon.  His peers are Astrologers, Sorcerers, Chaldeans (wise me, full of education, science), Magicians.

Daniel and his brothers in the Lord faced life & death choices:  Walk with God or join themselves to temporal powers.

Fascinating that in each case the stories illustrate personal inflexibility on the believer's part.  First with respect to obedience and defilement (Ch 1.)  Next with respect to public Service and Worship (Ch 3) and finally with respect to private devotion (Ch 6.) 

In each case the Lord delivers His servants - conveying glory to Himself that is seen and reckoned by the Gentiles in power.

There is a lie being forced on believers by Church leaders.  It has overtones of faithful duty and lives in the tense of works -- that Christian morals must be forced into politics.   Often this lie of compromise (works over faith) is perpetrated based on electing the "lesser of two evils."  Further, the a-priori inference that voting is a "Christian Duty" is false.  If it's in scripture ... someone point it out! There is quite simply no biblical basis for Militant Christian Political Activism.

Paul is direct with us in Romans 13.

"Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves." Ro 13:2

Evidently the struggle we experience in politics - the angst, the anger, the vitriol - is in it's very nature DEFILING.  "Vote not, that ye be not defiled; Resist not evil...( in thy nation.) "  Scripture could have said something like this...

In a recent sermon we heard about Daniel's Godly perseverance  -- and were cajoled: "Vote the Bible."  I wrote in my notes:

"With much pulpit encouragement self-identifying Christians will unselfconsciously vote for a self-identifying pagan."

As a humble "watchman", witnessing the subtle deceit of compromise creeping in ... we should remind every generation that the battle is not on earth, but against an unseen enemy -- personally and privately.  (See Ephesians 6:12)  Using Gods name to organize and agitate any agenda -- other than "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!" Mt. 4:17 is factually "taking the Lords name in vain",  that is: using His place and power for unholy purpose.

Jesus urged Nicodemus in John 3 "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God."  and immediately reiterated: "Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God."

Legislating morality has nothing whatsoever to do with bringing Christ to the lost.  The Christian commission is about conveying the good news.  Temporal results other than souls saved are chaff and all of it will be blown away.

"Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Mt 11:28