A few weeks ago in Croatia, the country’s top criminal prosecutor was forced to resign after he admitted he was a Freemason. State’s Attorney Drzen Jelenic resisted the idea of having to resign just because he belonged to the occultic secret society, but public outcry was so massive he ended up having no choice.
While accepting his resignation, government officials (like Croatia’s Prime Minister) made clear Jelenic had never been involved in any wrongdoing. However, given the perceptions about Freemasonry, they thought it best he resign in order to try to restore public trust. Croatia, you see, has a horrible reputation as one of the more corrupt nations on Earth. The Croatians who have monitored corruption at the top levels of their government have noted that much of the corruption has been foisted upon their society by Freemasons in positions of power, whether it’s from EU officials or from national leaders. So they’ve become fed up with Freemasonry and feel that if they are to ever move forward in ridding their culture of corruption, they must root out the Masons.
In the Bible, a new king of Judah faced a similar situation. When Asa ascended the throne, it was on the heels of his corrupt grandfather and father, Rehoboam and Abijah. But Asa had a heart to do things God’s way. He had witnessed all the evil that was predominant in Judah, thanks to the idolatry of his relatives, and wanted none of it. So it was up to him to clean things up.
He began by clearing out the altars of false gods scattered throughout Judah (2 Chronicles 14:3). Eventually he had to take on a more personal task–removing his grandmother as queen and matriarch of his family. After he issued an edict proclaiming that Jehovah would be the only one worshiped in their borders, his grandmother defied his order and built herself an idol. In order to stay true to God and his goal of ridding his people of idolatrous corruption, he publicly stripped her of her position and made a very public display of destroying the altar of the false god she set up (2 Chronicles 15:16). Because of his bold reforms, Judah enjoyed a lengthy period of godliness that continued under his godly son, Jehoshaphat.
These are examples of the Lord’s ages-old truth that there may be times we will have to move things (like faulty ideas) and/or people out of the prominent positions we’ve placed them in if we want to see godly progress. Sometimes that removal is just a mental exercise of taking a person off the pedestal we placed them on in our minds. At other times it may, unfortunately, come to removing someone from the congregation or ministry we are part of or removing ourselves from a ministry that unapologetically dishonors God. But if such moves are truly to honor the Lord and not to fulfill our selfish desires, God will bless us by making the results of those moves prosperous.