A Bright Spot in Judah

In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa began to reign over Judah, and he reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom. And Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as David his father had done. He put away the male cult prostitutes out of the land and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. He also removed Maacah his mother from being queen mother because she had made an abominable image for Asherah. And Asa cut down her image and burned it at the brook Kidron. But the high places were not taken away. Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true to the Lord all his days. And he brought into the house of the Lord the sacred gifts of his father and his own sacred gifts, silver, and gold, and vessels. 1 Kings 15:9-15.

It appears that Asa and his predecessor, Abijah, had the same mother. And the two brothers were quite different. Asa brought the kingdom of Judah back to the Lord. He had a lot of idols destroyed and put out the cult prostitutes, but he didn’t root out all the high places. He was mostly a good king, and he reigned 41 years.

When your nation’s morality depends on your national leader, this is a fragile condition. It is better to have a righteous people enduring evil leaders than it is to have a wicked people putting up with a godly leader. And as far as I can tell, America is a mostly godless nation teeming with mostly evil leaders. We need national repentance, or it is not going to end well.

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