4 Principles for Political Witness in our American Babylon
As we’re marginalized in this uncertain day, the Old Testament offers important lessons for us. Especially prescient is the story in Daniel 3 about three Jewish men—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—who are Babylonian captives under King Nebuchadnezzar. From these mid-level government officials, we learn four significant lessons about being faithful witnesses in a pagan public square.
As you seek to care for and walk alongside people who are planning to protest an issue, I encourage you, first, to be familiar with these principles of protest, and second, to communicate these points with the protesters. This is important, lest they be tempted to seek to respond prematurely or in vengeance.
Here’s the beautiful part of that substitution. Not only does Jesus take my nametag of sin; he gives me his nametag of righteousness. So when the Father declares to Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” that now belongs to you and me, even though we don’t deserve those words.
Very helpful advice on praying the psalms.
I have no great interest in a bucket list. Don’t get me wrong—I love this world, find it endlessly fascinating, and would love to go and see many of the far-flung places and sample the culinary delights highlighted in these lists. And I see nothing wrong with doing these things. So why no bucket list?