While working through back issues of First Things magazine, I found this gem.
“Describing homosexual acts as immoral is not at all like calling black men and women inferior…. The implication is that people who hold such views should have no voice in American society and that homosexuality should be aggressively affirmed in our public and private institutions, while dissent is punished.”
Related to this, Ray VanderLaan in the Turkish town of Prienne describes the early church situation: if you don’t sacrifice to the gods in the public square, you can’t participate in the economic and social life of the town. If you don’t sacrifice at town hall, you can’t have a voice in the politics and laws being formulated.
Quite relevant, these days. This rains on the parade of a “Transformational” view of culture. (Engage with culture makers to shape it, instead of dropping out or forming a sub-culture.) There comes a point of divergence when they or you can no longer work together for the civic good.
How does this relate to Daniel working in the highest echelons of Babylon? It seems God put Daniel in that position without the need to compromise his faith at first. The king just didn’t ask him about his beliefs, perhaps. Or he overlooked his beliefs because he was so valuable.