I think it’s safe to say that most American Bible-believing Christians are well aware of the crisis situation our country is in right now. The moral absolutes that this country was founded upon, or Judeo-Christian ethics, have become a thing of the past as our society declines rapidly in the name of “tolerance.” Children today are being exposed to things on a daily basis that their grandparents never even thought possible. Promiscuity, perversion, materialism, and a lack of ethics have embraced this country and are thrown in the face of our children every single day as “normal.”
How are we to act in times such as these? Should we shrink into the crowd and blend in with everyone else, as many Christians now seem to be doing? Should we picket, protest, and cause a ruckus?
The Daniel Code, by O.S. Hawkins, provides the answer to that question by delving deeply into the book of Daniel. Daniel and his friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah- also known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego- were captives in Babylon and encountered much of what believers in the U.S. face today. They were thrown into the midst of a pagan, pluralistic culture, and honored God through and through by standing firm in their faith. Indeed, they were viewed so highly in this foreign land that they were eventually given positions of power and influenced kings Nebuchadnezzar and Darius so much with their steadfastness and faithfulness to God that these two unlikely kings came to exalt the living God, themselves.
When faced with a fiery furnace and a lion’s den, these godly men chose what would seem to most a death sentence, but to them, the alternative of turning their backs on God was the only real death sentence.
Hawkins breaks down their actions into applicable lessons for contemporary Christians living in a nation with far too many parallels to Babylon. Some of the principles explored are:
Daniel didn’t respond to the ungodliness of this culture by kicking, screaming, and protesting. He responded by being an honorable man who unwaveringly stood by his faith and ended up standing out as the only light in a nation of darkness.
As a child, I heard the stories of the fiery furnace and the lion’s den countless times. Not once, however, do I ever remember my Sunday School teachers mentioning how these men “practiced what they preached” all throughout their lives and became a beacon to so many others. It’s a shame, really, because these are the sorts of stories we need to hear if we are going to stand against this current culture and take our country back.
“We are living in a culture that should be focused on the real threat from the inside instead of all those that come at us from the outside. What we see in Babylon is what we should sense in America. But we don’t. Oh, every great once in a while we hear our own king say something about God much as Nebuchadnezzar had done. But we have our own way of partying on, oblivious to all the warnings around us. No longer, it seems, do our friends around the world trust us, nor do our enemies fear us as they once did. Yet many think our own walls are impregnable. But, like Babylon, the more critical problem is that our culture is crumbling from within.”
-O.S.Hawkins, The Daniel Code
Disclaimer- I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.