Bags of Bran


Men and Movements
July 15, 2012, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Bible, Biography

Read 2 Kings 22-23 about King Josiah’s reforms, then flip two pages to the end of 2 Kings. Do you find yourself wondering, where are the covenant-ascribers of 2 Kings 22:3? They, and likely their kids and grandkids, are being systematically culled and herded into the fold of the Babylonians. Evidently, as soon as Josiah died and his son went back to the good old days of vintage Manasseh, the people were ready to go right back themselves. Josiah’s reign was an anomaly.

We who call ourselves conservatives need to heed the author’s unspoken warning: people will follow a good leader. People will follow a good leader in the right direction. People will support a good leader. Then those same people, or their children, will return to the most recent idolatry in their memory as soon as that good leader dies off or leaves, in the absence of internal moorings to truth and righteousness. I’d say “in the absence of regeneration,” but that would be controversial, and I certainly would wish to avoid controversy.

You may say to yourself, “Certainly the church has a much better system in place to stem the tide of idolatry than the people of Josiah’s day. Especially Fundamentalist churches.” You may say that to yourself, but if you say it to me, we’re in for a long discussion, and you’re likely to get angry toward the end of it.

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