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The Whitewash Impact

January 23, 2016
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While recently journeying through the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, I was struck by how comprehensive and rich this book is when it comes to understanding peoples’ motivation, ideology, and passion. It’s amazing what human beings are really capable of doing to defend their belief systems and positions of authority. While individuals may be running in polar opposite directions with their beliefs, the veracity with which they cling to their perspectives can be unrelenting. Spiritually speaking, our faith, or the lack thereof, helps guide and form our opinions and thought processes about how the world is ordered. When we get right down to it, either we believe God and the truth of His Word, or we don’t. Each of us has a unique lens and worldview perspective that directs the way we think, make decisions, and ultimately the way we make sense of the world around us. I have found that most human beings are truly zealous, passionate, and protective when it comes to guarding their personal beliefs.

Oftentimes that passion fuels our determination and motivates us to take dogmatic and unrelenting positions in which we are willing to take on and fight for our respective beliefs to the bitter end. As Christians, we should be prepared to defend and support the fundamentals of the faith at all costs. We should exude a dogged determination like no other and be ready to lay down our lives for the religious liberty that we have in Christ Jesus. The Bible also teaches us that Jesus has given us significant room to maneuver when it comes to personal preferences on issues that are not clearly evident in His Word. In a nutshell, that is the wonderful love story we call Christianity. We embrace those who share a common belief and love for a risen Savior and the Word of God, while celebrating the diversity so evident among the brethren. Yes, Christianity is considered a “big tent” religion with the opportunity for all to come to know him as Savior. That is the way Christ designed it to be. Furthermore, we believe that there is great strength in diversity. While Christians are all sinners saved by the grace of God, we attempt to live out our faith with an ethical and moral center, founded on biblical precepts.   

Philippians 4:8 states, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  

Just think of the words in the above verse; honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue. What these words are describing is the playing field or the sandbox of Christian life that we are given to navigate within. We are encouraged and commanded to do the right things based on the totality of biblical instruction. Praise God!

But what has also struck me in the book of Daniel is the motivation and will power that unbelievers had in destroying the Word of God and all that it represented (past, present, and future). Satan clearly wanted to use unbelievers to obliterate the Christian faith back then. The leaders of Daniel’s day tried to destroy his authority, power, and Godly influence in the kingdom. Entrapment, lies, jealousy, dishonesty, and political maneuvering were all part of the plot to take Daniel down. What about today? Are we seeing this same approach played out attempting to nullify and obliterate the authority and impact of God’s Word? Is the world trying to whitewash our Christian faith? From a human perspective doesn’t it appear that we are playing on an uneven playing field?

Let’s make sure that we do not miss a key part of the enemy’s strategy in the book of Daniel. I will call it, “The Whitewash Impact.” First, let me be clear about the strategy and tactics used by the enemy. They will do and say anything to further their agenda. Lying, cheating, stealing, and dishonesty are all in play. We saw it in Daniel’s day, and we are seeing heightened evidences of the same strategic approaches in today’s society. For example, in the first chapter of Daniel we find a verse that on the surface seems relatively harmless.

Daniel 1:7 states, “Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.”  

Nothing too important, right? Those four young men who were potential leaders and among the brightest and best in Israel were simply given new Babylonian names by their conquering king. No harm, no foul, correct? As a reminder, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had just taken over and besieged Jerusalem. These four young men were now part of a conquered group of people. But here is the reality of the situation: the actual conquering and takeover of Jerusalem is just the first step and a small part in a multi-phase whitewashing strategy to control the hearts, minds, and spirit of the people of Israel.

Step 1: Conquer – Gain control and authority over the government and the land

Step 2: Pilfer – Steal and redistribute their wealth and take captive the artifacts that make up the culture and what it stands for

Step 3: Speech – Change the language of the nation of Israel where the tongue of the Chaldeans becomes the universal language

Step 4: Children – Get to the children. Brainwash and whitewash the future leaders by changing the historical landscape and understanding (revisionists)

Step 5: Names – Change their names and what those names represented

In other words, if you change the truth of history and repeat something over and over again for long enough, then reality begins to fade over time. We see this today in the world’s most repressive regimes. If you control the minds of our youth, then you control their ideology and belief system. Merriam-Webster says that the simple definition of whitewash is “to prevent people from learning the truth about (something bad, such as a dishonest, immoral, or illegal act or situation); to gloss over or cover up (as vices or crimes); to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data.”

The one last significant detail that I would like to point out is related to the meaning of their individual names. Quite a stark contrast from their original intent. They went from Godly Hebrew names to names that depicted Babylonian gods. 

  • Daniel means “God Is my judge”; Belteshazzar means “Bel Will Protect”

  • Hananiah means “God Is Gracious”; Shadrach means “Inspiration of the Sun”

  • Mishael means “God Is Without Equal”; Meshach means “Belonging to AKU”

  • Azariah means “The Lord Is My Helper”; Abednego means “Servant of Nego”

So there is the spiritual war that we are waging; a war that goes well beyond the desire to compromise and get along with everyone in this present world. The minute that we let down our guard, give in, and compromise any part of our faith, we are put at risk. We must not let today’s whitewashing efforts go unchecked. We must stand tall and firm in the battle with our enemy, Satan. We do this by staying true to God’s Word and not giving in. We must vehemently defend our rights as American citizens and the fact that this nation was founded as a Christian nation along with Christian principles. Our silence suggests our apathy and an unwillingness to stand up for what we believe in. Our silence also allows the historical revisionists to rewrite and falsify American history. We are one nation under God! This nation needs Christ!

 


Comments

Mom January 28, 2016 @ 6:48PM
I believe without Christ we are doomed to fail as to how we are to treat one another. So much of what is going on in this Country now seems to be spearheaded by people who forget, or never were taught, that this is a Nation built by Christian Men with Christian values.

Mom January 28, 2016 @ 6:48PM
I believe without Christ we are doomed to fail as to how we are to treat one another. So much of what is going on in this Country now seems to be spearheaded by people who forget, or never were taught, that this is a Nation built by Christian Men with Christian values.

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