Daniel Akin: The Kind of Politicians and Statesmen a Nation Needs

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The prophet Daniel lived in a hostile environment. Yet he remained faithful to God and gained his peers’ favor. What can we learn from his example about leadership and politics — particularly in a time when the two leading candidates to be President include a thrice-married casino magnate and veteran politician well acquainted with scandal?

In this sermon at Southeastern Seminary, Dr. Daniel Akin explores Daniel 6 to uncover what kind of politicians and statesmen a nation needs.

Here are a few key highlights:

Why Daniel?
“What is it about this man that caused him to earn such incredible respect, first from the Babylonians and then from the Medo-Persians? And what was it about this man that allowed him to stand strong and stand well for his God in the midst of a context that was increasingly hostile — indeed, very hostile — to his particular worldview and his way of understanding his God.”

What kind of leaders do we need?

  1. “We need men who honor God and allow him to exalt them.”
  1. “We need men who are more interested in pleasing God than pleasing people.”
  1. “We need men who trust in God and rest in his providence.”
  1. “We need men who want God to use them to make himself famous among the nations.”

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