Daniel in the Den of Lions

The story of Daniel and the den of lions has always been a favorite.

I wonder if it could be considered one of the early accounts of what we know today as “political correctness.”

The government had changed. Daniel was now a part of the second empire God revealed was coming. The Babylonians had been removed and the Medes and Persians had taken over the kingdom.

Daniel was highly favored by the new king which created jealousy among other leaders of the new kingdom. They decided to find something they could use against Daniel to remove him from the king’s favor.

Daniel was a remarkable man. With his enemies watching for anything he might do wrong, they finally concluded, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”

So they used his vanity and persuaded the king to make a new law. It became politically correct to worship no other god or man except the king. Punishment would be death by the lions.

As soon as Daniel heard the new law, he went, as his custom, opened his windows toward Jerusalem and prayed to his God. Thus becoming politically incorrect.

We know the rest of the story, as God made himself known to the second of the world empires.