September 11, 2010… 9 years after the fact, the world still falls victim daily to it’s terror. We stand now, a broken nation still. We are split down the center in a civil war. Not between black and white, but blue and red. Our once great nation, under God, has shriveled up into a meaningless bucket of sewage known as politics. What has politics ever gotten anyone? Arguing, complaining, and division. I don’t open this blog with statements such as this to stir up more controversy. I’ve found myself over the last years getting sucked into the mire as well. I’ve given many hours over to political debates and other such frivolity.
God is the only answer. He’s the only King. He’s the only authority. We can not look to men to solve our problems, we must turn to God.
Today we face a potential threat on the peace of the world as we know it. Terry Jones has suspended his attempt to organize Burn-A-Quran day… but, a man who leads a small ministry (not even a church mind you), intends to burn a Quran at his home and video tape it for you tube. My question is not whether this is right or wrong. I want to pose a situation to you that we find in the Bible and ask your opinion. I may regret this later but I’d love some feedback from my faithful readers.
4 The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the LORD all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel. 5 He did away with the pagan priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem—those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts. 6 He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the LORD to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the dust over the graves of the common people. 7 He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes, which were in the temple of the LORD and where women did weaving for Asherah.
King Josiah was called a King without equal. There was no king before him nor after him that stood to challenge his Godliness. Why? Because he upheld the sanctity of God. How did he do it though? He burned the idols and the false Gods. He smashed the alters and statues to dust. He pulverized the pieces and scattered the remains over common graves. He was passionate and would not stand ungodliness.
I don’t post this to give my opinion. I just pose it as an example. My question remains… what makes this great king different than these modern men who have had it up to here (preverbal mark which none of you can see) with false gods and unmerited tolerance?
Remember please, I’m not giving an opinion, so don’t attack me with your responses. For sake of this blog I stand completely neutral, I may give my opinion when all responses are in but I’d like to stay Switzerland so I can see what you all think unbiasedly.
1 The LORD abhors dishonest scales,
but accurate weights are his delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them,
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
7 When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes;
all he expected from his power comes to nothing.
8 The righteous man is rescued from trouble,
and it comes on the wicked instead.
9 With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,
but a man of understanding holds his tongue.
13 A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.
14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,
but many advisers make victory sure.
15 He who puts up security for another will surely suffer,
but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.
16 A kindhearted woman gains respect,
but ruthless men gain only wealth.
17 A kind man benefits himself,
but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.
18 The wicked man earns deceptive wages,
but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
19 The truly righteous man attains life,
but he who pursues evil goes to his death.
20 The LORD detests men of perverse heart
but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
26 People curse the man who hoards grain,
but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.
27 He who seeks good finds goodwill,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
29 He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and he who wins souls is wise.
31 If the righteous receive their due on earth,
how much more the ungodly and the sinner!