When President John F. Kennedy was shot in 1963, it took the world about two to three hours to get the news. In 1999, when John Kennedy, Jr. was killed in a plane crash, it took the world two to three minutes to get the news. Jesus died on a cross two thousand years ago, and a huge part of the world still hasn’t heard the message of redemption. Part of engaging the world with God’s truth is vocally sharing a witness—what Peter called giving every person “a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).
You’ve probably heard it said that a church that does not evangelize will eventually fossilize. That’s also true for individuals. If you don’t share with other people the hope that is in you—if you decide you’re going to be an undercover Christian—you too will become relegated to fossil status.
When it comes to your attitude toward the world, there are really only a couple options you have: you can either try to escape it—wash your hands of it, so to speak—or you can engage unbelievers by rolling up your sleeves and figuring out a way to integrate what you believe with where they’re at. That’s what a young prophet named Daniel decided to do.
In the second half of Daniel 2, we see him speak out to the pagan King Nebuchadnezzar about a remarkable dream the king had, one that took a sweep of the future all the way to the second coming of Christ. Let’s consider four ways Daniel spoke and how they can guide our own interactions with unbelievers.
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