King Josiah: “…did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David.”
- Restored temple built by Solomon.
- “Defiled” alters and executed pagan priests on their shrines.
- Brought all priests of the LORD back to Jerusalem.
- Marched with army to fight Pharaoh Neco (polytheistic Egypt) and was killed.
Four kings who followed Josiah: “…did what was evil in the LORD’s sight….”
- Jehoahaz, Josiah’s son, imprisoned by Neco
- Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, puppet ruler, killed the prophet Uriah, switch allegiance to polytheistic Egypt.
- Jehoiachin, Jehoiakim’s son, imprisoned by King Nebuchadnezzar (Babylon) who looted Solomon’s temple.
- Zedekiah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, rebelled against Babylon leading to the fall of Jerusalem.
The New York Daily News said, “Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is the most virulently anti-Semitic movie made since the German propaganda films of World War II. It is sickening.” Many agreed and voiced their outrage. However, as one with an introductory understanding of the Bible, and a Christian, I believe that Christ freely went to the cross and paid for all of our sin. Not “anti-Semitic” because we all are guilty and have fallen short. (Rom. 3:23) Perhaps the reason for our polarized opinions, could be due to our frame of reference.
From scripture, we can learn that both believers and non-believers have existed during evil and Godly reigns. No matter what the ruling authority did, there still remained those who loved and followed God. Today, some may say the Supreme Court rulings provide us essential human rights. Depending on your frame of reference, they can’t provide us moral rights despite their claim to the contrary. Moral rights can only be established by God. Non-believers may use the word discrimination when describing believers. There may never be a greater time for Christians to act like Christians. It is a time for spiritual awakening and humility, not anger and self-righteousness.
Not being God, I don’t have to understand a non-believer’s viewpoint, just love them. They say “religion”, and I say it is a “relationship”. As for me, I will serve the LORD, share my Christ-like love, pray, and follow God and His Word. Perhaps, it all depends on our frame of reference.
Loving and Patient Father. You said if you love me, you’ll keep my commandments. You said we are liars if we say we love You, but don’t love others. I love You. Please remove the fog that prevents us from seeing You. In Your name I pray. Amen.