“There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him.” (Daniel 5:11)
The queen mother of Babylon was present when King Belshazzar saw the writing on the wall (in a literal sense). When the kings advisors could not read — much less interpret — the words, Daniel was consulted. As I noted in a previous post, Daniel was direct and to the point, speaking truth to power. Read Daniel 5 for the complete story.
The world’s leaders will eventually look to the righteous. That seems to be one moral of this story (the inevitability of divine judgment is the larger lesson).
But this seems out of touch with reality. Today the righteous are mocked, despised, ignored, or even worse – seduced by power. Daniel too was seen as irrelevant by this powerful emperor, but when Belshazzar faced a crisis and ran out of options, he turned to this marginalized prophet. Daniel, unlike many religious lobbyists, despised power and spoke God’s truth.
It seems to me that today’s Christian political action groups have become little more than mouthpieces for a political party. I see this with the Christian right and the Christian left, both falling in line with the Republican or Democratic platforms. These Christian movements probably have good intentions, but political clout can easily distort one’s message. Christian PAC’s, like any PAC, are highly susceptible to the corruption that comes with power.
Will the day come when powerful politicians notice righteousness and the wisdom that comes with it? Will there be men and women who care more about the truth than power and prestige? Are there any Daniels out there?