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584. Daniel in the Lion’s Den 2014

The same strategy that put Daniel in the lion’s den 2500 years ago has reached America.

IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
The biblical account of Daniel in the lion’s den is well known, but weJew arab often overlook the evil strategy that put him there. Daniel had distinguished himself to such a degree that he was making the other two commissioners and all the satraps under his command look bad. Not only were they jealous of his abilities, but they apparently had a bad case of anti-Semitism. They all wanted Daniel gone.

After considering their options, they determined that if they were to ensnare Daniel, they would have to create a “speed trap.” They would come up with a law that was never intended to be kept – but to be broken. The only way for them to get at Daniel was to place him in a position where he had to choose between obedience to his God or obedience to the government. Daniel was clearly loyal to the God of Israel and would never make any concessions to idolatry.

Since Persia had no law against monotheism, they would have to come up with a new law that would seem merely political to Darius but would pose a religious issue for Daniel. They set their snare by lies and deceit. They told Darius (the king):

“All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, thelions high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den” (Daniel 6:7).

In truth, all were not consulted. Daniel was one of the commissioners. He wasn’t consulted. They appealed to Darius’ pride. He thought it was a great idea, unaware that it was directed against his favorite right hand man.

AS I SEE IT
The purpose of this article is not to retell the story of how Daniel survived being thrown into the den of lions. It is to show that the same strategy that was devised against Daniel is being utilized against God’s people today right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. It shouldn’t surprise us since the Great Deceiver, Satan, provided the inspiration in both cases. Today, he is using the same tactics, hoping for a different outcome. With so few Daniels around, he probably feels pretty good about his chances this time. He’s hoping that no one will connect the dots and discover what he’s really up to.

speed trapCan you see the “speed traps” that have been set for us today? Before reading on, see what you can come up with. Okay, I knew you’d keep on reading, so here are some to consider:

Diversity
The words of Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey three days after    the Fort Hood massacre when 12 American soldiers were gunned down and 31 were injured by a Muslim:

“Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

Diversity has been elevated over truth and reason. If you don’t buy into this philosophy, you won’t be promoted, people will die, and nothing will change except the status of those who argue against diversity. They will be called an Islamophobe or whatever other label may be deemed more suitable. The day is coming when those who object to diversity will be thrown in jail.

Hate crime legislation
We have already arrived at the place where preaching or even speaking against things the Bible condemns will get you in serious trouble.

Affirmative action
A kissin’ cousin to homosexual rights, affirmative action gives special privileges to one segment of society, solely based on the color of your skin. If you object, you’re labeled a bigot.

Homosexual rights
Not only are homosexuals being protected by law, they are given special rights not afforded to “straights.” It’s Romans 1:32 in living color. Objecting to these rights will soon land you in jail.

Now that you’ve got the hang of it, see if you can find similar “connections” for:

Political correctness
Discrimination laws
Government funding
Homeland security
Shariah law

What we’re faced with today is the same strategy that was used against Daniel over 2500 years ago, only well disguised and used in so many ways that one is bound to work. The truth, however, will still set us free, and we must defend it at all costs.

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
I’ve got to stop saying, “How stupid can you be?” Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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