This is one of the more important blogs I’ve written. No kidding!
We are all living in Babylon in some way. Everyone has a Babylon they live in whether it’s at work, home, school, or even at church. They feel like an outsider (Daniel) living in a foreign land (Babylon) with foreign values and foreign ideas. As a Daniel, they stand out as “different” to the culture around them but they are just “right” in God’s eyes.
Where is your Babylon? Are you called to be different from your work, school, home, or even church? Are they wanting you to bow down (or join in) with ungodliness?
I think we are called to be a Daniel in Babylon. Daniel was a Hebrew with Jewish values and it was a challenge to live in Babylon yet not be a Babylonian in how he acted, thought, and spoke. As Christians, we are to be in the world but not of the world. In other words, we live in the world so we are familiar with the culture around us yet we are NOT to partake in worldly things that oppose the Lord and His Word. We are to be obedient to Him.
James 4:4 tells us that “friendship with the world is enmity with God” which is a strong statement that we should not want the things of this world. So, when you are in a Babylon situation, what do you do? Move out of Babylon? No! Stay there but keep your eyes on Jesus by studying His Word and worshipping Him alone. Glorify Him by living your life in a “set apart” or “holy” manner of living so that others will see your good works and glorify the Lord who is in heaven. In other words, they will see how you are different and be drawn to Christ. That’s the goal – eternal life for others!
Sometimes, we are tempted to leave Babylon. I say that is a wrong view of suffering for the glorify and purpose of Christ. We are to live in Babylon, not as a Babylonian, but as Christians who are called out of the world of Babylon to be different as ambassadors of Christ.
One more thing. I hate to see churches do outreach events without Christ and His Word. What good is that? So you have an Easter egg hunt and invite hundreds of people to the event but if you fail to tell them about Jesus, what good is that? Proclaim Christ because He alone is worthy to be praised!
-Mark (trying to be a faithful Daniel in my Babylon situations)