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The movie “The Lion King” has made lions popular again. In this endearing story, Simba, son of the ruling lion Mufasa, ultimately battles his evil uncle Scar for control of the Pride Lands of his ancestors.
Lions are popular in the Bible as well, with at least 37 verses mentioning them. In particular, the Bible tells us many people-versus-lions stories. When Christians made the powers-that-be angry, they were often thrown into lions’ dens for punishment and even entertainment. Needless to say, the score ended up Lions 1, Christians 0. But the Bible tells us of a Christian named Daniel who survived such an ordeal: “My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me,” Daniel announces to an unbelieving audience (Daniel 6:22).
Even more scary, 1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Yet, scripture tells us, “greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). With God’s help, we can shut the devil’s mouth and keep ourselves from following him.
Biblical lions are not always bad, however. Indeed, Revelation 5:5 tells us, “Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep!’ See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah has triumphed.” Who is the Lion of Judah? Jesus!
C.S. Lewis uses this lion analogy in his book series “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Aslan, the lion, represents God, who allows himself to be weakened for ultimate victory to occur.
Isn’t it wonderful to think of us has having a lion at our side? A God lion who will ultimately defeat the devil lion? This image is played out in the movie “The Lion King” when the good Simba conquers the evil Scar.
One other aspect of “The Lion King” can demonstrate a Christian view: the “hakuna matata” saying, meaning “no worries.” After all, Philippians 4:6 says “be anxious for nothing”! Christians win in every way.
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.