This winter I read a story in 2nd Chronicles that remains fresh in my mind this summer. Chapter 15 speaks about King Asa. He was the king of Judea at this time. One day the prophet Azariah told King Asa that Israel had been without a true God for a long time.
Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded. And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law; but when in their trouble they turned to the Lord God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them. 2 Chronicles 15:1-4
After Asa heard these words he removed all the abominable idols from Judah and Benjamin. Then he restored the Alter of the Lord.
And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the LORD that was before the vestibule of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 15:8
Asa brought the people together and they sacrificed to the Lord. They made a promise to seek the Lord God of their fathers. And the folks who refused to make the promise were put to death.
Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; and whoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. Then they took an oath before the Lord with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and rams’ horns. And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around. 2 Chronicles 15:12-15
Asa didn't stop there. His own mother Queen Maachah made obscene idols. Asa cut down her idols and dethroned his own mother.
Also he removed Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image of Asherah; and Asa cut down her obscene image, then crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron. But the high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days. 2 Chronicles 15:16-17
We have not come very far today. We have idols and evil in our land.
Our priorities are in the wrong place. We have celebrities who are idols today. Few visited the tomb of Jesus after he died, but the whole world watches when a pop start with a white glove sings his last song. People spend more time watching documentaries about old country singers then they do in the Bible. Where have we placed the affections of our hearts?
Our own religion becomes an idol when we blindly accept what has been handed to us. People go to church every week and listen to a message. But they seldom go home and prove their religion out with the Word of God. We blindly follow the churches decrees without going to the Word of God to confirm what is true. It is easier to give our affections to a doctrine then it is to seek a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.
What about the idol of political correctness? Our nation is so afraid to offend today that we don't stand for anything. The 10 Commandments have been removed from public buildings. We don't stand for the moral conduct that our country was founded on.
We traded "Christmas" in for "X-mas" because we don't want to offend the people who buy our products. We are told that Santa checks if we are Naughty or Nice but we don't want to hear about right and wrong. And here is the clincher; we protect a woman's right to enjoy sex with the sacrifices of unborn children. Yes, there are a few idols in our camp today.
It's time to get back into our words again. It's time to declare what is right and wrong again. It's time to tear down the idols of religion, selfishness, and ungodliness. We need to clean house just like Asa did in the Old Testament.
Yes, there is hope. Our heavenly Father says that If you seek Him, He will be found by you. It's time to seek the Lord God again in this country. If we do, future generations will say about us; "He was found by them".