Decision-making is a must in any group or community – no matter how small or large – for bringing order and harmony. Therefore, politics as a decision-making factor is essential in human interactions. Bad politics is often the result of petty jealousies and selfish interests. This is well demonstrated in the cases of Daniel and Mordecai in the Old Testament.
“Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. …enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, O king, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered–in accordance with the laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing.” Daniel 6:3 – 9