In Babylon, Daniel and his fellow exiles were confronted with a city more advanced in architecture and technology than any in the world at that time, and with displays of military victory and imperial ideology at every turn. As Christians, we might feel a similar nervousness as we look at the evidence of superior might and different values in society today, where faith has been reduced to the private realm, and where God is viewed as a personal lifestyle choice.
Daniel and his friends were no doubt tempted to wonder if God’s reach extended into the hostile society in which they lived. Yet hundreds of miles from their true home, they gained a grander vision of God. For the book of Daniel makes it clear that the Lord God rules over all things, no matter how powerful the empires, no matter how petty their kings. It also tells us that it’s possible to remain faithful to him even while we seek to good work and model godly character in the places where we live and work.
Ultimately, God is the hero of the book. With its stories of God’s faithfulness to his people and its visions of God’s sovereignty in all that is going on behind the scenes of history, the book of Daniel enables us to act distinctively and see differently as we live in today’s world.
This workshop will be led by Antony Billington, Head of Theology at LICC, with Neil Hudson, Imagine Project Director at LICC, and will involve a combination of input and discussion. For church leaders and preachers, we’ll reflect on how the book of Daniel equips members of our congregations as followers of Jesus for their everyday frontlines, but the day will be suitable for all those who would value an opportunity to explore how Scripture nurtures Christian identity and discipleship.