“On the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, he even built a pagan shrine for Chemosh, the detestable god of Moab, and another for Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. Solomon built such shrines for all his foreign wives to use for burning incense and sacrificing to their gods” (1 Kings 11.7-8 NLT).
The main difference between King David and his son, King Solomon, was that King Solomon made concessions for the false gods of other nations. Not only was he tolerant of these demonic forces clothed in royal robes, he use the resources God blessed him with to build them their own temples of worship! Instead of influencing his foreign wives with the revelation of the One True God, he gave into their desires and allowed them to influence him. Whether he was trying to keep the peace, interested in their religious ideologies or simply eager to have a good time; he dove head first into the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and away from the Tree of Life. His seemingly little compromise caused his entire heart to eventually turn from the Lord, and his God-blessed nation began its rapid course to destruction. Many times we take for granted the blessing and protection of God. We make concessions for the false beliefs of others because we fear them more than we love them. If we truly loved others, we would do everything possible to share with them the love, redemption and purpose found in Jesus Christ. People may mock and persecute us, but we must follow the Holy Spirit’s leading and stay rooted in the Truth. Life is too short to compromise. We only have a set number of days to rescue people from the sinking ship of this world and get them onto the Life Boat of Jesus. They might not see the water rising all around them, but we do. We can’t tell them everything is fine when they’re about to drown into eternity without their Creator. Jesus is the only way to heaven, and this Truth is worthy to be shared.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'” (John 14.6 ESV).