Daniel 1:20 “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.”

In an essay on Christian apologetics, C.S. Lewis wrote the following:

“While we are on the subject of science, let me digress for a moment. I believe that any Christian who is qualified to write a good popular book on any science may do much more by that than by [any] directly apologetic work. The difficulty we are up against is this.  We can make people (often) attend to the Christian point of view for half an hour or so but the moment they have gone away from our lecture or laid down our article, they are plunged back into a world where the opposite position is taken for granted. As long as that situation exists, widespread success is simply impossible. We must attack the enemy’s lines of communication. What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects–with their Christianity latent… You can see this most easily if you look at it the other way round. Our faith is not very likely to be shaken by any book on Hinduism. But if wherever we read an elementary book on Geology, Botany, Politics, or Astronomy, we found that its implications were Hindu, that would shake us. It is not the books written in direct defense of materialism that make the modern man a materialist; it is the materialistic assumptions in all the other books. In the same way, it is not books on Christianity that will really trouble him. But he would be troubled if, whenever he wanted a cheap popular introduction to some science, the best work on the market was always by a Christian.”

We need Christians to produce the “best works” in all areas of our society.  Daniel’s works were exactly that.  He and his faithful colleagues were ten times better than the alternatives.  Such powerful capability and credibility were impossible to ignore by the powers of their world.

PLEASE PRAY FOR CHRISTIAN EXCELLENCE IN ALL ARENAS.  Such excellence won’t just happen, but must be prayerfully and practically supported and cultivated by our Christian communities.   In doing so, we can better shake the world for Christ.

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