Because of my failure to rend my garments in lamentation over the failure to find a suitable burial plot for the Boston Marathon Bomber, I have been accused of expelling liquid bodily wastes upon the memory of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel.
The Biblical narratives regarding these young Hebrews have nothing to do whatsoever about lavishing accolades and honors upon terrorists out to kill unsuspecting bystanders and destroy the American way of life.
These accounts are primarily historical in nature detailing the particular circumstances of ancient Israel.
Unless one can book God on “The O’Reilly Factor” or Wolf Blitzer, one cannot have an as definitive statement to the press as to why something transpired in America on the cosmic level.
Couldn’t the testing of Job be just as accurate an analogy on the national level?
These accounts can have a secondary purpose of inspiration.
But the lesson to take away is quite different than that assumed by the original critic spewing the initial allegation at me who despises America to such an extent that he felt it necessary to proudly announce his refusal to salute the nation’s flag or exhibit patriotic sympathies.
The story actually serves as an argument as to why sincere believers can actually hold positions of authority in an otherwise pagan government so long as they are careful not to compromise their fundamental convictions.
Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic. Frederick holds a BS in Political Science/History, a MA in Apologetics/Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Christian Apologetics from Newburgh Theological Seminary.