(July 25, 2021) Dr Jim McClure, straight shooting theologian, dares every Christian to be a Daniel today…
Have you ever played the party game Truth or Dare?
It can be very funny or very embarrassing! Some ‘Truth’ questions could be, ‘What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done?’ or, ‘When did you last tell a lie?’ If you do not like those questions, you may choose ‘Dare’ instead of ‘Truth’ and may, for example, be dared to ‘Eat a really hot chilli’ or ‘Try to touch your nose with your tongue.’ Consequently you can be confronted by all kinds of humiliating and challenging tests.
I have chosen that title for this article because I want to draw attention to something which is vitally relevant and challenging to Christians today. We are, I believe, at a time in history which is quite unlike any other. And I’m not referring to the Coronavirus but to something that is significantly more serious and invasive and dangerous – especially for Christians.
In so many ways we are at a crossroads today religiously, socially and morally.
In the early days of Christianity many attempts were made to crush the advance of Christian influence and to silence the sharing of the good news about Jesus Christ. Today that spirit of hostility has returned with a vengeance. Make no mistake about it – these are exceptional days of challenge and suppression when Christian values are being discarded and the Christian faith is being derided and attacked as being bigoted and out of date.
How do we respond to that? Do we just try to ignore the opposition and hope it will go away or should we, perhaps, become more flexible and change our values and beliefs and try to bring them more into line with contemporary social ideas and opinions?
That is what I want us to consider…
The prophet Jeremiah described the moral and spiritual situation in Judah his day in a way that reflects much of what is happening in our society. Jeremiah wrote: ‘But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. … Therefore say to them, “This is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips”’ (Jeremiah 7:24, 28).