Archive for October 4th, 2017

(This passage is also referenced in Jeremiah 22:18-23 and 2 Chronicles 36:8-16)

Some years ago I worked for a company that had endured a period of poor performance and low productivity. The parent company had been investigated for various failures in management and for some activities that turned out to be fraudulent. The CEO of the parent company actually spent some time in prison as a result. What followed was the removal of a number of senior directors and managers who were replaced with new people who it was hoped would lead the business back into profit again. It wasn’t long before they too had fallen into the same bad practices as their predecessors. In 8 years there were 6 different Managing Directors all of whom did, “Evil in the sight of the business.”

Today we’ve read about Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah each of whom failed to do what was required of the King of Israel. God’s call upon the holder of that office was fairly straightforward – lead the nation in the worship of God Almighty and keep His commands. Everything else would follow, God would bless the nation and keep it safe and everything would come up smelling of roses. How hard could it be? Yet time after time the Kings failed to fulfil that simple job description and, “Did evil in the sight of the Lord.”

We have a proverb that says, “With great power comes great responsibility” (That’s a quote from Voltaire by the way not Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in the Spiderman movie!) and it’s so true. Any position of power whether it’s the managing Director of a multi-national business or the King of a country or the leader of a church group requires that the person who holds the office exercises their role with integrity. For a Christian that means we make judgements and decisions about what we do with the teachings of Jesus as our benchmark. When we make mistakes we repent of them as soon as they become apparent to us and we correct our ways to reflect that repentant state of mind. And, we worship the Lord our God with all of our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind’; and, ‘Love our neighbours as we love ourselves.’ (See Deuteronomy 6:5 and Luke 6:27). How hard could it be?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father God, Help me to live with integrity, praising you and blessing my family friends and neighbours in all I do. Amen.

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