Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his ancestor David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left. – 2 Chronicles 34:1-2
As the king goes, so goes the country.
That’s a general principal that’s often very, very true.
For example, if the king/queen/president/prime minister leads a nation into war – guess what? – you’re likely to wind up in war too. (And that’s true whether you agree with the king or not!) Good leaders lift a nation. Poor leaders drag us down. Let me tell you a Bible story about that (that includes Josiah) …
- After the reign of Solomon, two factions fought for control over the Promised Land and God’s people. The kingdom split. The northern kingdom was called “Israel.” If you read 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, you’ll find that every king was evil. Now, there were certainly faithful people in the northern kingdom. Prophets like Elijah and Elisha, Amos and Hosea, kept warning the kings – and the peoples about their kings. But as all the kings of Israel were evil, the fate of a nation was sealed. God took his hand of protection off the northern kingdom, and in 722 BC, Israel ceased to exist at the hands of the Assyrians.
- The southern kingdom was called “Judah.” If you read 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, you’ll find that though there were a few good kings (Josiah, for example) in Judah. You’ll also find that there were a few mediocre kings. Personally they were faithful, but they tolerated in their country a cancer – the worship of the satanic Baals. The worst cancer was the majority of Judah’s kings who, like in Israel, were evil. The few good kings tried to rally Judah back to God. The many prophets – including Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah, and Zephaniah – tried to rally Judah back to God. But eventually, the leadership of the mediocre and evil led God to again take his hand of protection off. In 605 BC, Nebuchadnezzer began the siege of Jerusalem. It would lead to the Babylonian exile. (But in this case, God eventually brought his people back.) But again, as the king goes, often goes the country.
That’s what the Bible says. Have you found that to be true in our own nation? We all need to stop whining about earthly leaders (left or right) and focus instead on the God in heaven. There are times when we may need to act. But mostly we need to pray. We need to be God’s ever-present remnant, focused more on heaven than on earth, more confident in God’s leadership than politicians.
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who finds more peace
when his head is in the Bible
than the newspaper