Sometimes when faced with their sin, instead of repenting, people dig in their heels. That was the case with King Ahaz of Judah. He was told by the prophet Obed that he was guilty of many sins.
“Listen to me and return the captives you took from your brothers for the Lord’s burning anger is on you.” (28:11)
I would think the words, “burning anger” would have been enough for the king to repent. But instead, to arm himself against an angry God, Ahaz plundered the Lord’s temple and gave the treasures to the king of Assyria to buy their protection. Verse 22 tells us:
“At the time of his distress, King Ahaz himself became more unfaithful to the Lord.”
Scripture tells us he went as far as sacrificing his own children by throwing them into fire on altars of pretend gods. If you aren’t appalled by that I suggest you check your heartbeat.
But are we any different today? People still dig in their heels when confronted with sin. And sadly, they are still sacrificing their children.
“You say homosexuality is a sin? I’ll teach my children to love and accept everyone.”
You say abortion is murder? I’ll teach my children, ‘My body. My choice.'”
“You say marriage is between a man and woman? I’ll teach my children they can’t help who they love.”
“You say it’s a sin to worship other gods? I’ll teach my children they are their own god, powerful, capable, strong, worthy, and that their truth is truth.”
This is going to sound cruel, but King Ahaz threw his children into a fire that eventually killed them. The searing pain those precious babies felt while they died stopped hurting when they took that last breath. What people are doing today is throwing their children into an eternal fire, apart from God, and a searing pain that will never stop. An eternal fire without hope of it ever ending.
If you aren’t appalled by that, check your heartbeat.
Call it what you want: wokeness, progressiveness, love…
What it is is sacrificing children to the god of this world.