The Revolving Throne

In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha began to reign over Israel in Tirzah, and he reigned two years. But his servant Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him. When he was at Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was over the household in Tirzah, Zimri came in and struck him down and killed him, in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his place.

When he began to reign, as soon as he had seated himself on his throne, he struck down all the house of Baasha. He did not leave him a single male of his relatives or his friends. Thus Zimri destroyed all the house of Baasha, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke against Baasha by Jehu the prophet, for all the sins of Baasha and the sins of Elah his son, which they sinned and which they made Israel to sin, provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their idols. Now the rest of the acts of Elah and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 1 Kings 16:8-14.

Say what you will about separation of church and state, but a government that does not answer to God is chaotic and unstable, especially if it already had a covenant with God and broke it. The kingdom of Israel has departed from God’s laws and worships an idol. The kingdom of Judah has the temple and the ark of the covenant, but is usually only one king away from rampant idolatry. Good takes a dim view of being cheated on.

America has a strong Christian tradition, but it is mixed at best. Our mishmash of denominations and our a la carte morality sends a mixed message to the world we are commanded to teach the truth about Jesus. Since our institutions are so confused, we are mostly wandering sheep with uncertain shepherds, at the mercy of many wolves.

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