Influence in a Hostile Culture

An interesting question for me is how a young Hebrew guy named Joseph, who started in prison, worked “inside” a foreign, hostile culture to rise to a #2 position of authority.  So many Christian leaders whine today about the hostile culture here in the United States and how it keeps Christians from having any significant influence.  They claim you’d have to “sell out” to rise in politics or cultural influence.  But the truth is,
today’s culture is nothing compared to what Joseph, Daniel, the three Hebrew young men, and plenty of others dealt with in the Old Testament. And they didn’t sell out.  If we could figure out now they navigated those hostile cultures to eventually exert such influence, it would be a powerful lesson in cultural impact.  Any ideas on that?

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Phil Cooke is the founder and CEO of Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles ( where his team helps church, ministry, and nonprofit organizations engage the culture more effectively through media. He's a filmmaker, media consultant, and author of "Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media."