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1 Kings 15:11-13 • Right in the Sight of the Lord

“Asa did what was right in the sight of the Lord, like David his father. He also put away the male cult prostitutes from the land and removed all the idols which his fathers had made. He also removed Maacah his mother from being queen mother, because she had made a horrid image as an Asherah; and Asa cut down her horrid image and burned it at the brook Kidron.”
    —1 Kings 15:11-13 (NASB)

As each king is introduced in the books of Kings and Chronicles we are told whether or not that king “did what was right in the sight of the Lord“. It’s an interesting unit of measurement, especially in our day and age. I cannot find any biblical example where doing what is right in the sight of the Lord can be even closely equated with the modern-day practice of being politcially correct.

Whenever we see a king doing what is right in the sight of the Lord, we see them doing the same kinds of things as Asa and sometimes even more. He doesn’t just pursue his own personal faithfulness, but embarks on a campaign to remove the spiritual inflences most inhibiting the faithfulness of God’s people. Such are the things which Satan tirelessly seeks to establish among believers. True spiritual leaders actively fight to be rid of any false thing that hinders the service and worship of God.

I think the first application provides us with tools to discern who is a true shepherd of God’s flock and who are the false. The false will not only allow such things to enter and establish themselves among God’s people, but will seek to diminish anyone opposed to them. The words used by false shepherds to betray their true nature are terms such as “tolerance” and “open mindedness”. True shepherds are intolerant and close-minded when it comes to sin and false doctrine.

The second application is that this is why we must personally be intolerant of allowing the practices of other religions to enter our own churches. This is the essence of what is happening with the Emergent Church, Ecumenism, and even Purpose Driven. They all seek to incorporate something from false religions among the true. This might look good to human eyes, but it’s not right in the sight of the Lord.