In calling for Christians to actively reenter the political arena, Martin Hawley looks to the life and the political circumstances faced by Daniel, a God-centered statesman who maintained the principles and practices of his faith in spite of broad opposition while serving in the Neo-Babylonian and later Persian administrations. As he governed according to his faith, Daniel also governed so exceptionally in the eyes of his cultural and philosophical advisories as to achieve the highest levels of power and all the while bringing progress and blessings not only to his own exilic people, but to the conquerors' states as well. All of this was achieved, not through Daniel's own talents and inner strength, but because he served the Most High God, who is sovereign in the affairs of men and of nations.
As the United States stands at a modern crossroads, moving further and further away from its original faith-based moorings, now is the time for people of faith to reassert the sovereignty and kingship of God Most High and to serve as his instruments in building his kingdom while bringing benefits to the kingdoms and governments of this present century.
The God-centered Statesman is also dedicated to the memory of Georgia State Representative Bobby Franklin and includes an account of his Daniel-like, God-centered service as a faithful statesman.
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