We’ve had a year of bad news but then on June 15 the US Supreme Court brought more bad news. In a 6-3 ruling, the court defined the legal definition of “sex” to include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” This decision will have far reaching religious consequences. Kevin DeYoung wrote, “To add insult to injury for many conservatives, the majority opinion was written by Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s celebrated SCOTUS appointee. The prospect of a Gorsuch-type justice was the reason many Christians voted for Trump.” Politics and politicians will almost always disappoint. It is a mistake to think we are a president or court justice away from either disaster or victory. Our hope isn’t in either. Our hope must be in Christ. This is why I’m enjoying our study in Daniel so much – and I hope you are too. He reminds us that kingdoms, presidents, dictators or democracies come and go – but the kingdom of Jesus Christ is forever. I’m not advocating an Amish approach to the culture war. I just want to reinforce our mandate “… be blameless and innocent, children of God … in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” Phil 2:15. Let us shine brightly.