Read Ezra 7:25-26
Here we see Artaxerxes place God’s law above his own and for that I must applaud him. Think about this, a Babylonian (always a people spoken poorly of) king desires that Ezra teach and enforce God’s laws and the law of the king (v. 26). He presents God’s laws as higher than his own, and understands that supporting Israel deters wrath (v. 22-23); he’s a pretty wise man! A Babylonian king vs an American President/congress – who respects the King of Kings more? Seriously, our country has basically shot God a bird declaring we make our own rules, define life by our own standards. We’ve neglected the fact that the ways of a man seem right in his own eyes but only lead to destruction (Proverbs 16:25 & Proverbs 14:12).
We think we’ve got everything figured out and in truth all we’re doing is digging bigger pits for ourselves. When the blind lead the blind they both fall into the pit (Matthew 15:14). The most unfortunate thing is this pit is full of weeping, gnashing of teeth and unquenchable fire. I get that the world’s on its way to hell in a handbasket but that doesn’t mean I should applaud its destination or assist in the travel plans. We’re supposed to be watchmen on the walls, lights in this great darkness, salt that makes the blind and deaf thirst for our King, the Living Water. We cannot continue in our idleness, our politically correct placations grown out of fearful hearts. We will be held accountable for words we should have spoken too. Yes, we are our brother’s keepers.
Father, infuse us with Your courage to make a stand on the grounds of Your law in an act of love for those who are lost. In Jesus’ Name we ask this of You. Amen.