1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2 Kings 11; Micah 2
Judah was experiencing dark days. Ahaziah, described as a son-in-law of the House of Ahab was king for only a year when Jehu, acting under God’s command, killed him. Ahaziah’s mother Athaliah decided that she would gain power for herself and killed all the other rightful heirs to the throne of David – or so she thought. Ahaziah’s sister protected Joash who was raised by the priests for 6 years. Then the chief priest, Jehoida, decided it was time to bring out the true heir to the throne of David. Athaliah realized something was up. “Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the escorts and the people, she came to the people in the temple of the Lord. When she looked, there was the king standing by a pillar according to custom; and the leaders and the trumpeters were by the king. All the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. So Athaliah tore her clothes and cried out, ‘Treason! Treason!’” (2 Kings 11:13-14)What an interesting response from the usurper queen. No, following God’s plan is never treason. Athaliah had committed murder and treason when she killed the heirs. Restoring the rightful order is never treason. As followers of Christ we run into that same situation when we comment on society. We explain God’s plan and we are accused of being judgmental, we are marginalized, we are seen as “not with it.” While times have changed in many ways, the underlying standards of God have never changed. Obviously, we don’t live in a theocracy where we can look to a high priest to cancel the calls of “Treason!” but we can always commit treason in society by staying true to God’s plan. Let’s be honest – the only way for a Christian to commit treason in God’s eyes is to stop speaking the truth and to stop acting towards others with love and mercy.
Oh Lord, our world turns its back on You every day. You still love each and every person. When others call me out for not conforming to society, for committing treason against the ways of the world let me stay true to Your ways while showing them Your love and grace.