A Christian leader in Australia has been recognized for his efforts to protect religious liberty in the land Down Under.
Every year, World Magazine presents the Daniel of the Year Award to recognize those taking a bold stand for religious freedom.
World Magazine Editor in Chief Dr. Marvin Olasky explains that those receiving the award are true champions of the faith in more ways than one.
"As in the book of Daniel in the Bible, we're looking for people who remain calm in the face of threats, people who are gutsy enough to tell the truth to Kings and people who don't change their behavior when others are trying to undermine them – and sometimes imprison them."
This year, the honor goes to Lyle Shelton, who serves as the managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, which Olasky maintains has been the major organization in Australia leading the battle against same-sex “marriage.”
"That's important in and of itself for Australia and its 24 million people, but it's also significant worldwide because people sometimes talk about the Anglosphere – the six English-speaking countries with a common cultural heritage –and over the past decade, five of those six countries – Canada, New Zealand, England, U.S.A, ([and] Ireland - have legalized same-sex marriage,” Olasky stressed.
The Christian journalist hopes Australia will serve as an example to others.
“Australia, at this point, is the one hold out, and so – in a sense – if Australia goes the way the others have gone then its world-wide victory for the advocates of same-sex marriage and if Australia holds the line, then maybe that will give some new impetus and courage and determination to people in the other five countries in the Anglosphere," Olasky informed.
World Magazine has been bestowing the annual Daniel Award of the Year since 1999.