For in the eighth year of his reign while he was still a youth, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, the carved images and the molten images.
2 Chronicles 34:3
He was 16. He hadn’t even found the Book of the Law yet. However, he knew what was happening in his land was wrong. He knew his own father, Amon, was wrong. This young man was God-focused.
In today’s culture, we don’t expect teenagers to be GOD-focused. We pretty much expect them to be self-focused. We shrug it off and keep chugging along, hoping it’s just a phase they will grow out of.
Worse than this are those of us with children who are quite God-focused, yet because we worry they are being little Pharisees and might say something a little too black and white in the wrong crowd, we silence them. In our earnest avoidance of anything smacking of legalism, we teach these children tolerance…the kind of tolerance that brings them to their knees and weakens their resolve.
We take away their absolute Truth and give them generalities instead. Better not to ruffle feathers. Better not to stand up for Christ. Better to live wishy-washy than die a martyr.
Why do we not teach our children instead to expect persecution? Why do we not teach a love so deep we must speak Truth, rather than a tolerance that waters down the Truth so it becomes more palatable to all?
Why do we not allow these children to tear down our own high places? Sometimes the iron that sharpens the iron isn’t all that big. Sometimes it looks like a child.
Do you have a Josiah?
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