As religion continues to recede in America, a few faithful people are mourning the loss of its community and influence—but many powerful actors are eager to gobble up the market share and move on from religion entirely. With a weak but faithful remnant left, what can moving against the powerful culture currents of our world even accomplish? What can be gained in persisting in faith?

(Daniel wielded great political influence and law-making power, but the thing which got the attention of a pagan king and an entire nation was his habit of quietly praying to God every single day. Empires rise and fall, and the work of even the most powerful rulers can be quickly undone, but the kingdom of God lasts forever. It only requires Christians who courageously commit themselves and their families to this new “upstream” heavenly dynamic, regardless of the direction of our earthly kingdoms.)

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