I got two devotionals from a Christian bookstore yesterday, partially with a gift certificate I got from Tom for Christmas (thank you Tom) and it is one of those once a day things. So it's going to take me a while to catch up. I read Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 last night, and Jan. 2 spoke to me, so I thought I'd share with you all. The context is the story of Jehu (I'd never heard of him until last night) and Baal worship. Baal being an idol--for those who didn't know. "Thousands of people in Isreal worshipped Baal, and Jehu wanted then to worship the one true God--Jehovah. So he decided to force them." That's just a short exerpt from the longer reading. It goes on to mention bloodshed and all sorts of mayhem and how Jehu eliminated Baal worship all right, but he did it the wrong way.
Made me stop and think. How many times do we do stuff like this? Not with bloodshed but with other things. We try to force our ideas onto others all the time. And usually in the name of some higher good. Really, we're doing it for ourselves. It's something that we all do. Some of us are like Jehu and do it for religion, some do it for the environment, some for education. The list goes on. I know I do it all the time anyway. Just made me stop and think.
Okay. The deep stuff is over folks. Sorry that this wasn't quite as entertaining as usual, but I think it is an important thing to keep in mind, regardless of whether or not you are religious or read the Bible. Trust me, I'm no scholar. But it is a valid analogy to everyone regardless of what the weakness is. Keeps us all on our toes. One last thought: check out Jehu's story in 2 Kings 9 (King James Version) to see the word "piss" in the Bible. That's my rationale for using the word. Hope you find it as entertaining as I did. Later ya'll...
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