“…Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon” (Daniel 1.4 NLV).
Some people are fearful about consuming literature that is not necessarily designated part of the Christian genre. Indeed, the Scriptures are absolutely the most profound and important work for any of us to read. Jesus is the Word, and His thoughts towards us are found in the Bible (John 1.1). We must drink from His Living Water (the Bible) daily, so our spirits find the nourishment they need to flourish. However, when other “supplemental” writings that are rich in perspective are consumed by a reader and submitted under the authority of the Holy Spirit, a more dynamic and layered understanding is gained. Daniel in the Bible found himself taken from his home of Israel and placed in the courts of the Babylonians. He had to learn their language and read their literature. But instead of the foreign literature swaying him away from Truth found in Scriptures, he became more knowledgeable and better able to shine God’s glory in new, larger capacities. To be sure, we must always base our reading time on the approval of the Holy Spirit, and there are definitely works of literature we should protect our hearts from (Proverbs 4.23). But when God gets a hold of us, we will find that the reading path He lays before us will only solidify His holiness and the perfection of His Word.
“All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name” (Psalm 66.4 NIV).