by Rev Joel Yong
2 Kings 15:34-35
And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done. Nevertheless, the high places were not removed. The people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places. He built the upper gate of the house of the Lord.
These words repeat themselves throughout the reign of many kings – “still, the high places were not removed …”
And we wonder why.
Wouldn’t it be obvious after a few kings had come and gone that idolatry was a problem?
Wouldn’t the new king want to do better and lead his people better?
Perhaps it would ruffle feathers if he removed the high places where idolatry was practiced.
And so to retain political stability, he would sacrifice spiritual health.
May these words strike the heart of all church leaders.
What may seem to be the wisest thing to do politically, is not necessarily the most spiritual thing to do.