We read that Daniel and his three friends were educated in, among other things, ‘the language of the Babylonians’ (Daniel 1:4).
There is great pressure on us today to avoid the language of the kingdom of God and to adopt instead the language of our culture. John Lennox observes that ‘the wave of relativism now swamping Western thinking has increased the pressure to drop certain words from our languages and replace them with others that drive forward the secularist agenda of deconstructing the very nature of human beings and the society we live in.’
Some words are increasingly frowned upon in public discourse: ‘truth, commandment, dogma, faith, conscience, morality, sin, chastity, charity, justice, authority, husband, wife’. They have been largely replaced by buzz-words such as ‘rights, non-discrimination, choice, gender equality, plurality, cultural diversity.’
Such profound changes in language usage stem from ‘a postmodern deconstruction of truth, which involves removing truth from the objective realm to the subjective, and thus effectively relativizing it.’
Lennox, John C. Against the Flow: The inspiration of Daniel in an age of relativism (p. 55). Monarch Books. Kindle Edition.