Friday, July 17, 2015

Thriving in Babylon~

Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture

Hope, Humility, and Wisdom. 
They matter if you're trying to live well in a troubled world. 

For Daniel, his troubled world was Babylon. For you and I, it's probably some corner of America. 
(I've actually heard serious discussion about whether America is the "Babylon" of prophecy. We won't quibble about that.)

Let's take the comparison between those places this far: when we look around our world we too see a lot of not-gods being exalted and leaving their worshippers empty. 
We see violence and destruction in our cities- fear stalks our children. 
We find sexuality being presented without the protection of reverence. 
Our leaders are politicians, and we expect them to lie- and in turn we begin slandering them as soon as they announce a bid for office. 
We Christians supposed to be "salt" and "light" in a dark and flavorless world, but if it's not an outside circumstance tripping us up, our own pride and tempers keep us from the ways of God.

How shall we then live? 

Larry Osborne takes you to the story of Daniel, highlighting the way God taught him how to live. Frankly, it's hard to imagine a country more hostile to the God of Scripture than Babylon, yet the leaders of Babylon came to deeply respect this devoted Hebrew. How? 
Daniel was taken from his home as a captive, yet he came to a position of influence. 
His viewpoints would have been very controversial, yet the reputation of his integrity won him a hearing. 
He lived peaceably amidst the pagans, while practicing fidelity to his God. 
Oh, the lessons we can learn from Daniel! 

And "Thriving in Babylon" is an upbeat-and-yet-serious, challenging and pastoral look at these lessons. As with every title I've read from David C Cook publishers, a lot is said in 199 pages. Expect to underline and make notes. 

"When we obey the light we have, God shows up. And every time he does, our hope grows stronger. We begin to experience Biblical hope: the deep-seated optimism and confidence that comes from knowing that God can be trusted even when we have no idea what he's up to." ~Larry Osborne 

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