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To many, religion is a popularity contest

A glimpse at the life of Judah’s king Ahaz in 2 Chronicles 28 gives us some understanding of many people’s mindsets when it comes to how they select their religion. Ahaz was an evil, murderous king who even killed his own children as human sacrifices. His wickedness led to wars from the nations that surrounded him. In spite of the fact that his policies failed him, he doubled down and encouraged himself to do more evil, thinking that it would get him out of the messes he created.

cheering crowdOne of his enemies was Syria. They were a pagan powerhouse who seemed to be defeating all of their enemies in their various wars. Since Ahaz was at his wit’s end on how to get rid of his enemies, here’s what he decided–

21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the Lord, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord: this is that king Ahaz.

23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.

24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 28

You’ll note several things here. First, he made everyone pay for his mistakes by stealing from the budgets and possessions of the church and local or provincial governments to pay for help from one of his enemies who just took the money and ran. Second, he decided that since the pagan Syrians seemed so successful, he would worship their gods. By worshiping their wicked, vengeful, bloodthirsty gods, who in his eyes made the Syrians popular and powerful among the nations, he must have seen it as a way to justify his own wickedness to make himself popular and powerful. “But they were the ruin of him.”

Third, he blamed God and God’s saints for the troubles he brought on himself. So he stole the church’s property and closed it down, then used the nation’s funds to build pagan altars everywhere.

Yet somehow in our advanced, “evolved” society, people today (politicians included) are making the same exact decisions Ahaz made. As they falsely blame God and his saints for the ills in their lives and in society, they will embrace the gods of atheism (including evolution), or Freemasonry (including the Illuminati), or Islam, or witchcraft, or Eastern mysticism, or any other religion contrary to the Bible in order to make themselves popular and justify their wrongdoing. What’s really sad is when people pretend to be Christians for those same reasons. Just like Ahaz, those gods will be the ruin of them.

When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. Proverbs 29:16

Harry A. Gaylord


4 thoughts on “To many, religion is a popularity contest

  1. I just got done reading 1 Chronicles 28 on Thursday! Yeah, Ahaz was an example of what a great idea it is to keep rejecting the Lord (sarcasm intended!).

    Thanks for highlighting this. Have a great day!


  2. “What’s really sad is when people pretend to be Christians for those same reasons.”

    Too true. I used to fellowship at a United Methodist church where people would openly commit all types of sin like living together, homosexuality, and getting drunk. We were always taught not to be judgmental toward them and accept their evil even if they were leaders. I didn’t understand how that would really help them if Jesus came to set us free from our sins, so I left that place and found a better church where people at least put forth an effort to practice what the new testament really teaches.


    1. Tina,

      I’ve experienced what you’ve been through. Unfortunately, many churches are focused on being social clubs that try to get as many members as possible by compromising God’s word.

      It seems that the church world will always be like the churches in Revelation where only a few will be obedient to the Lord. But thank God for those few.


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