Professional vs. Personal Work
“But they paid no attention, and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Kings 20.9 NKJV).
Manasseh had the longest and one of the most evil reigns in Judean Kingdom history. His sins compiled in the Bible make a very shocking and depressing list, imprinting humanity’s imperfection on God’s Holy Word. Although we are called to respect our leaders and their positions, we should not let their personal choices alter our commitment to God’s commands. The people of Israel allowed Manasseh’s loose lifestyle to affect their obedience to God. The Bible says that they “paid no attention” and that they were “seduced” to commit more evils than the corrupt nations surrounding them. Today, we have many influential people who do not have the authority of the Holy Spirit correcting and leading them. Although we can respect these people’s talents, positions and work; we must pay carful attention not to let their personal choices justify our own acts of disobedience. Also, our children may perceive these actions as normal if we are not aggressively staying aware of the influences feeding their young minds and being proactive about pointing out diversions from God’s Word. We can implement mercy while distinguishing between what is Holy and what is Common (Lev. 10.10), so our lives and our families are not seduced to live as though we were not the righteousness of Christ (Romans 3.22).
“So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach” (Matthew 23.3 NLT).