Daniel 1:5 The king appointed for them a daily ration from the king’s choice food and from the wine which he drank, and appointed that they should be educated three years, at the end of which they were to enter the king’s personal service.
There is no such thing as neutrality. Eating and Drinking are not a neutral things. King Nebuchadnezzar knew that food was not a neutral thing. His ploy was to give lavishly to his new conquered people so that they would be enticed to leave behind their own identity and instead identify wholly with the Babylonians.
King Nebuchadnezzar gave of his food and drink portion. A king of a great nation gets a large provision of food. 1 Kings 4: 22-23 describe King Solomon’s daily portion as thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal, Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl. That is a ton of food. He would use it to wine and dine other national leaders, local magistrates, and even his enemies. The White House has 5 full time chefs and a host of other staff who prepare meals daily and can serve up to 140 people dinner and 1000 people with hors d’oeuvres. The Whitehouse has its own homebrew of beer and four to six table wines with every meal.
One can only imagine how much food the King of Babylon would have prepared for his courts each day. This was an issue of national pride. You can't have your King and his court skating by on crumbs. Nebudchazzer ordered that these young men would be given from his portion to be intoxicated with all the delicacies that could be affored to them. Then of course they would forget their own nation. John Calvin wrote in his commentary: "For we know that wherever there is any cunning in the world, it reigns especially in kings palaces! So Nebuchadnezzar, when he perceived he was dealing with an obstinate people, (and we know the Jews to have been of a hard and unsubdued spirit,) wished to acquire servants spontaneously obedient, and thus endeavored to soften them with luxuries. This was the reason why he provided for them an allotment of his own meat and drink;” Even though they were but captives forced into slavery, they would be given meat and drink to cause them to forget their bonds. The King was not giving to them food from his portion out of the goodness of his heart. No, it was so that they would see themselves as Chaldeans rather than Jews and then they would begin to love their chains.
Eating and drinking were not neutral and are still not today. Now, we are not under the ceremonial law anymore in the New Covenant. The laws forbidding shellfish and pork have found their completion with the coming of Christ. They were intended for the people in the Old Covenant to remind them of their need to be separate unto the Lord. This was to mark them out. It was also to remind them of how even the smallest sin makes them unclean. Jesus Christ explained that it is not what goes in that makes one unclean but what comes out. With the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the New Covenant, the gospel goes forth to all nations. The dietary restrictions that marked off the nation of Israel from the other nations has been removed because now the covenant has expanded to all nations.
This does not mean, however, that eating and drinking are now neutral. And when I say this, I am not saying that there is an official diet of Sovereign King Church. There is no commandment for Christians to eat non-gmo organic free-range vegan gluten-free essential-oiled kale chips no matter how many mommy blogs are out there say otherwise. You can eat Doritos in a Christian manner and you can eat the healthiest meal on the planet in an ungodly manner.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
The manner we eat, the purposes for why we eat and drink all matter. Now listen, I am not putting down healthy eating. A Christian should care for their body and treat it well. There are all kinds of healthy foods and diets that a Christian may partake in and it may be wise do so. People make idols out of food in many different ways. You don’t have to be insanely obese for you to be eating and drinking to the glory of an idol. If the reason you must have all the organic healthy stuff is for any reason other than to prepare your body to serve the Lord, than you are eating idolatry. Mothers, what is your motivation in all the healthy food? Is it to help your family worship God or is it so that you can keep with the competition online. Is it so that you can be better than all the mothers who give their kids less than the best?
Are you eating out of faith or out of fear? Are you eating out of thanksgiving or with grumbling? Children, do you grumble about what your mothers put on the plates before you. Philippians 2 says 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, Children, that includes eating. If you are a child of God you may not grumble whether you get your favorite meal or less than favorite. Eat and Drink to the glory of God.
Daniel 1:3-4 3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his officials, to bring in some of the sons of Israel, including some of the royal family and of the nobles, 4 youths in whom was no defect, who were good-looking, showing intelligence in every branch of wisdom, endowed with understanding and discerning knowledge, and who had ability for serving in the king’s court; and he ordered him to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.
Look at how kind Ol' King Neb is being here. Out of the goodness of his heart he has taken these young men from Judah and given them a full ride scholarship into the schools of the Chaldeans. They are being given the best government run education in the realm. Listen, Tyrants like Nebuchadnezzar don’t believe that education is neutral and you shouldn’t either. He didn’t have the young men brought to Babylon and have his servants work to educate these young men out of a sense of duty to the conquered people He knew that education was not neutral. His purpose is in indoctrinating these sons of Judah in the culture and language and wisdom of his kingdom. It was to capture the hearts and minds of these young men so that they would be willing slaves.
There is no neutrality in education. Now wait a second you might say: Isn’t education just the teaching of facts and information. Someone might say "the schools should should just give the facts from a “neutral” point-of-view. One must adhere only to the projection of objectively verifiable data whereby personal opinions, insights, or conjecture are left out of the discussion." I read a comment online on an article saying that Secular humanism is a religion and is the foundation of public schools:
"Insofar as the Humanist Manifesto declares there is no God, public schools must not be humanist. But neither may they endorse any particular creed they must be deity neuter. Public schools, since they are supported by mandatory taxation, must not teach any religious viewpoint (including atheism) would you like it if your children were taught to reverence Vishnu?"
No, I don't want my children being taught to reverence Vishnu and nor do I want them be taught to worship the civil government either. Now, you wait a second! What you said has all kinds of presuppositions. You are assuming that there is such a thing as a neutral fact. You are assuming that there is such a thing as neutrality towards God. But Listen! Jesus Christ said that "whoever is not with him is against him." To not honor God or give thanks to God is to take a position and that position is idolatry. The Bible says plainly about Jesus Christ that all things were made by Him and without him was not anything made that was made. There is not an atom that exists that was not made and sustained by God. Therefore there is not one atom in all the universe that can be neutral. There is not one neutral fact in all of creation.
God created the universe and he sustains it by his law and his purposes. We cannot be neutral, nor can education. The universe is not self-created nor is it self-sustaining. It also does not dictate its own purpose. It is created and therefore it has a given purpose not ordained by man but by the maker of all things. The God who has made all things has ordained their purpose, their meaning, and their boundaries.
To posit that you can be neutral towards God is to presuppose something other than the truth of creation. You are presupposing either a either a finite god or no God at all. Education must start with one of these foundations. Therefore it will either be based in the truth and reality of God or it will be by definition godless.
In so called neutral education the most central and important truth in the universe is left out entirely. It leaves out of teaching the central aspect of all wisdom and all learning for we are told in Psalm 111:10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever." And in Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” RJ Rushdoony rightfully said: "To try to educate without reference to God is worse than teaching about the ocean while denying that it is made up of water."
The key to understanding is denied when we deny the God of the universe. To leave God out of the process of education is to deny that we are created responsible to God in all areas of life. If we are not responsible to God even in our work at school than we are denying there is a law of God and that man can transgress that law. And If man cannot transgress, then he is not a sinner, and so does not need Christ or the gospel.
The idea of a neutral-facts-only-value-free education is a myth. And it is not believed by the enemies of Christianity. King Nebuchadnezzar was not educating the young men of Judah because he thought education was neutral. He was doing it to indoctrinate these young men into the Chaldean culture and way of life. He wanted them to turn their allegiance from the kingdom of Judah to the kingdom of Babylon. Statists have always seen education as a tool to build allegiance to the state over against allegiance to church and family. Woodrow Wilson before he was president was a teacher of teachers. He once said “Our problem is not merely to help the students to adjust themselves to world life…[but] to make them as unlike their fathers as we can.”
Secular humanists and unitarians with their utopian view of history, have longed seen education as the key to moving the population beyond its belief in Christianity and therefore into a view where they can finally lead humanity into a great era of peace and equality. John Dewey is considered one of the fathers of modern American education. He was a committed secular humanist and an original signer of the Secular Humanist Manifesto. He praised the communist Soviet system of schooling this way: “The traditional customs and institutions of the peasant, his small tracts, his three-system farming, the influence of home and Church, all work automatically to create in him an individualistic ideology. In spite of the greater inclination of the city worker towards collectivism, even his social environment works adversely in many respects. Hence the great task of the school is to counteract and transform those domestic and neighborhood tendencies that are still so strong, even in a nominally collectivist régime.” He is saying that the family works against the loyalty to the state. Therefore, it is the work of the school to undermine that loyalty from family to the state. Dewey praised this system of education and worked to establish it in our nation. Dewey went on to say “It is obvious to any observer that in every western country the increase of importance of public schools has been at least coincident with a relaxation of older family ties.”
To drive this point all the way home, let me quote from CF Potter a close associate to Dewey and another signer of the humanist manifesto. He said “Humanism is not the abolition of religion but the beginning of real religion. By freeing religion of supernaturalism, it will release tremendous reserves of hitherto thwarted power. Man has waited too long for God to do what man ought to do himself and is fully capable of doing." Now here is the chilling part: “Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American public school is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”
Education is not neutral. The secular humanists who despise God and want to usurp his throne know it and admit it. It is time that the church do the same.
John 19:5 Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold, the Man!”
Behold, the Man: Here he is beaten and bruised. The plowers plowed upon him back: they made long their furrows. He has given his back to the smiters, and his cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: he hid not his face from shame and spitting.
Behold the Man: he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Behold the Man: He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Behold the Man: His appearance was marred more than any man And His form more than the sons of men.
Notice how the Mob responds. They are not satisfied with the torture of Christ. Here is a man before them who has been beaten beyond recognition and they are not happy. They did not have compassion upon him. Vs 6 So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out saying, “Crucify, crucify!”
They had no mercy upon him. This is according to our Father’s plan. God spared no mercy on His son so that you and I may have the mercy of God. The Father’s wrath was not satisfied until the son of God was crucified and dead. Until Christ bore the curse of hanging on the tree, the curse of the law, God the Father was not satisfied. Be mindful of how wicked our sin is. Scourging was not enough to cover our sin and shame. That favorite sin that you hang on to requires the full wrath of God poured out on Christ on the cross. The only thing that can satisfy the divine wrath of God for your sin is the complete suffering and death of Christ. They yelled Crucify Him. Crucify Him. But Our sin yelled Crucify louder than the mob that day.