What’s In Your House?

The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the LORD all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. 2 Kings 23:4

This particular paragraph is somewhat puzzling to me. It seems there were articles made for Baal and Asherah in the temple. What in the world were they doing there? Who had used them while they were there? Josiah must have been asking the same questions because he ordered them to be destroyed. I’m positive it ruffled the feathers of more than a few Baal and Asherah worshipers. But Josiah the Leader had to take a stand because of the sin that occurred before him.

If you are a leader in your home, you understand the importance of “cleaning house” on occasion just like King Josiah had done. That means cleaning up what your kids see on the internet, the television, and even what they listen to with their music. Do a thorough evaluation. You will certainly not be popular, but most good leaders aren’t. Hint: if you make the child extremely angry (with he/she invokes the “invasion of privacy” principle, it is likely that you touched upon an area that he/she didn’t want you to know about).

Likewise, it’s also a time to evaluate what you see on TV and the Internet. Here’s merely a small test: would you be comfortable showing all the sites you surf to or all the shows you watch with your pastor?

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