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A View from the Altar / When politics go bad
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When politics go bad

King Baasha of Israel was a drunkard. His servant Zimri murdered him while he was drunk. Short moral of story: A drunken king can’t be trusted to know who the enemy is.

Zimri took over and reigned for about a week. Another servant named Omri found out Baasha was dead and came after Zimri. Zimri neither fought nor fled, but went into his own house and burned it down upon himself. Moral: It’s easier to take over than it is to actually keep order, and once order is lost, you don’t have a lot of options.

Omri was a wicked king and plunged Israel deeper into ruinous idolatry. Moral: A guy who just wants to be in charge is about the last man you want in power.

Omri’s son Ahab eventually became king. The Bible describes Ahab as worse than all who came before him. He married Jezebel who was even worse than he was. Moral: Getting rid of drunks, killers, and tyrants doesn’t mean things are about to get better. The son might make you wish for his daddy back. And beware the tyrant’s wife.

During Ahab’s reign the prophet Elijah called for a drought that lasted for years. Moral: When the right leadership arrives, the fight isn’t over; it’s just starting, and you may dislike his methods.

At Mount Carmel, God spoke by fire from heaven. Israel, convinced, repented. They acknowledged that the Lord is God, not Baal, and executed the idolatrous priests. Then the rain came. Moral: Fixing a country starts with fixing hearts.

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