Daniel and his friends were commanded to participate in a specific cultural practice that they were convinced was opposed to God’s clearly revealed will for His people.
It’s very obvious from their response and what their response produced, that they had given some serious thought to a number of different aspects of the situation they found themselves in.
I believe the following cross-cultural missionary principles can be derived from their response and what unfolded as a result:
–That the believer’s relationship with God and obedience to His clearly stated commands must be his/her highest priority, regardless of the consequences.
–That even though a specific cultural practice itself is a violation of God’s will for all people, the believer must never forget that the majority of the people they live among DO NOT have the same conviction about the practice.
–That it is possible to create and offer an alternative that BOTH respects the end-game purpose/foundational value that the ungodly specific cultural practice was created to produce, AND that will actually accomplish it in a more effective manner.
–That the relationships His people have with others who are not His people are by His design, for His glory, and for the ultimate good of those He places His people in contact with.
–That the alternative cultural practice He guides His people to offer should be presented in a humble and loving way that avoids as much as possible, bringing down harmful consequences on those who don’t yet know Him.
–That once a few people choose the alternative that His followers have suggested, the positive results will be undeniable to any thinking person and that those thoughtful people will naturally make a comparison with the existing practice, and might choose to promote the alternative method of accomplishing the end game purpose that the original practice was developed to produce.
When these biblically based cross-cultural missionary principles are applied to the accepted cultural practice of abortion, the more than 2,500 Crisis Pregnancy Centers, (compared with 1,700 abortion providers), that now exist in the U.S. are what is produced.
Whether most people are aware of it or not, these Crisis Pregnancy Centers are proof that “we are not a nation without options”, as abortion survivor Gianna Jessen made very clear in her sobering testimony on Sept. 9, before a congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood’s ethics.
(Her complete speech is less than 8 minutes, click here to watch it yourself).
Since we are a nation that truly does have options other than abortion available for girls and women with unplanned pregnancies, the obvious question that must be asked is whether girls and women are aware that they have options other than abortion available to them.
If they’re not aware, what might be some of the reasons for their lack of awareness?
In my next post, I’ll share a few reasons why I believe the lack of awareness is the result of more than just a lack of interest, marketing skills, or funds on the part of Crisis Pregnancy Centers.