Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. – 1 Peter 3:13-17
The Old and New Testaments are replete with examples of people holding their government officials accountable to the moral standards outlined in God’s law.1 These individuals often risked their lives to speak the truth about good and evil, mercy and justice. For instance, Daniel challenged the Babylonian king to stop sinning, to start acting rightly, and to show mercy:
Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.2
Salt & Light Global desires to continue this heritage of calling on policy-makers and government officials to honor their sacred role of “restraining evil and promoting good.”3 Therefore, it created the Sentinel to monitor various legislative, diplomatic, and international activities. With this information, citizen statesmen are encouraged to firmly, humbly, and winsomely approach their lawmakers with reasoned arguments for upholding First Principles.