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are twin brothers, former professional baseball players, best selling authors,
speakers, and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs.
Their rapid rise to success
earned them a reality show with HGTV set to air in the Fall of 2014 –
yet the show was abruptly cancelled because of their commitment to Biblical values.
Appearing on Fox News, ESPN, CNN, Fox Business, ABC’s Nightline & Good Morning America,
the Benham’s continue to stand up for what they believe and encourage others to do the same.
The brothers are happily married with a combined 9 children and live in Charlotte, NC.
Their best selling book, Whatever the Cost, shares their story
along with Biblical principles that equip you to live courageously in today’s culture.
The Cafe is excited to announce the upcoming release
of the Benham’s latest book, Living Among Lions,
a timely read which asserts that the biblical example of Daniel holds the keys
to contemporary Christians thriving in a world increasingly hostile to people of faith.
Find a closer overview here In their own words,
Like Daniel, believers today find themselves in a changing culture,
one opposed to the God they serve. Yet, like Daniel, they must learn how
to stand strong while loving and serving the people around them.
Living Among Lions is for Christian brothers and sisters
who have the potential to transform their world
but find themselves standing in the shadows wondering how to live faithfully in an unfriendly environment.
Divided into three sections, Living Among Lions covers three distinct characteristics
that made Daniel strong: Conviction, Commitment, and Courage.
Daniel possessed all of these qualities and lived them out.
As a result, God gave him unprecedented favor and supernatural power.
A mere slave living in exile, Daniel emerged as one of the most powerful men in the known world.
Daniel’s conviction, commitment, and courage empowered him not merely to survive in Babylon
but to thrive. He did not conform to his world–he transformed it!
So LifeLetter Cafe is excited to share this recent interview with the Benham’s
to dive deeper into the story behind Living Among Lions.
Enjoy their answers below in the latest 7 Questions Sunday!
Today’s 7 Questions
LifeLetter Cafe: When did you know that you “had” to write Living Among Lions – what was the igniter?
The Benham’s: We were asked to be on the Glenn Beck show in Dallas shortly after getting fired by HGTV, and while in the airport a man came up to us looking over both shoulders and whispered, “Thanks for your stand!” He then took off the other direction, not wanting anyone to catch him talking to us. We realized at that moment this was a picture of many Christians in America. They’re afraid and simply need courage to thrive in today’s darkening culture.
LifeLetter Cafe: How do believers move from a get-by stand in the shadows fear of being targeted mentality to settling for nothing less than courageous thriving in the new Babylon?
The Benham’s: Courage rises and falls on total surrender. Daniel refused Babylonian assimilation on the inside before he was able to transform Babylon on the outside. If we don’t fully surrender our hearts to God and our minds to His Word then when the heat turns up we’ll jump out of the fight. Once this surrender takes place and we have a new-found “whatever the cost” attitude, we can then move through the three stages that caused Daniel not to just survive but to thrive–his conviction, commitment, and courage.
LifeLetter Cafe: The book talks about conviction, commitment and courage – what set, in your opinion, Daniel on the right course and what gets modern day believers off the rails of their God-defined destiny?
The Benham’s: If you’re going to hit the target you have to be aimed in the right direction. And the way to aim properly is to focus on the right thing, which is the Lord God. We do this primarily through a radical commitment to daily time with Him in His Word. This is where many Christians in the culture have missed it. They stop studying His Book and find themselves holding ideas that don’t line up with truth. We need a renewed commitment to God’s Word if we’re going to make it to our God-defined destiny.
“The Christian life isn’t all about protesting what a dark world does
– it’s a call to transformational living.”
– David & Jason Benham –
LifeLetter Cafe: What is the tipping point between individuals like yourself refusing to compromise your faith and beliefs in God . . and an entire culture experiencing revival?
The Benham’s: Boldness precedes the miraculous. This was not only true for Daniel but for all believers that transformed their culture throughout history. Like David, Jonathan, Joshua, Caleb, Peter & John, God’s miracles came after boldly stepping out in faith for Him. Daniel was bold in the face of lions, and his courage drove a stake of testimony deep into the heart of Babylon. We can do the same.
LifeLetter Cafe: What are some practical takeaways readers can expect from Living Among Lions?
The Benham’s: We list over 80 principles throughout the book that are consolidated into an appendix in the back. Here’s a sneak peak at two of them:
Christians are called to be the chocolate chips in the cookie dough of culture. We are to mix in but not blend in. Even when the heat turns up we keep our distinct form. And we should always make the batch great!
The same boiling water that hardens the egg softens the carrot – we have a tendency to want to turn the temperature of the water down while God is concerned with the substance of what’s in the water.
As Biblical Christians, people will either get hard toward us or soft toward us. We have no control over the results, we just have a responsibility to stay hot for the Lord.
LifeLetter Cafe: What are a couple of your most favorite moments in the book?
The Benham’s: We share a story where Jason had a positive influence on a pitcher friend of his during his time playing pro baseball with the Orioles. This was a tough season of his life and yet God provided amazing opportunities to stand strong in the midst of a dark culture.
David reflects on a situation where our dad courageously stood against a City Ordinance to prevent him from street preaching and saw incredible transformation as a result. He literally stood against it and faced the threat of fines and jail time, yet God miraculously overturned it. We saw first-hand how boldness precedes the miraculous.
LifeLetter Cafe: Beyond taking a stand against evil, how does a Christ-follower embrace more than just a lifestyle of resistance?
The Benham’s: We have an entire chapter titled, Seek the Welfare of the City. It focuses on living and loving with excellence as God’s people in the midst of any culture. The Christian life isn’t all about protesting what a dark world does–it’s a call to transformational living that manifests itself in excellence in all of life–marriage, family, workplace, etc. Like Daniel, Christians today should bring solutions to the culture and not simply highlight the problems.