2 Chronicles 8.12-14 – God and worldly affairs
Posted: 14 February 2011 in 2 Chronicles

Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch, Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles. And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.

It occurred to me what the response would most likely be if a British Prime Minister let it be known that he considered himself to have a priestly function, in praying for the nation, for an hour each day in Westminster Abbey. He would certainly be lampooned by every newspaper in the land, and probably even the professionally religious would feel uncomfortable about it. In fact there cannot be many world leaders today who wouldn’t be much ridiculed in those circumstances.

But I suppose that goes to show how far even professing Christians have gone in removing God to the periphery of worldly affairs. We no longer act as if we believed God was Lord of the universe, and that his worship was central to the material and spiritual welfare of our lands.

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