And they chopped down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and he cut down the incense altars that stood above them. And he broke in pieces the Asherim and the carved and the metal images, and he made dust of them and scattered it over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. ESV 2 Chronicles 34:4
Harvey Weinstein’s board of directors fired him. Trump accepted Price’s resignation. On occasion, in our morally depraved world, we read of people doing the right thing. Unfortunately, Weinstein was only fired after public outrage. Same with Price. What used to be moral decisions now seem to be public perception decisions–determined based on how popular a particular idea is. Since the public seems to be against kneeling before football games, we now hear Jerry Jones is requiring his players to stand if they want to play. Somewhere along the line, we have lost our moral compass, replacing it with whatever is right in the eyes of the majority.
The verse above details Josiah’s reforms. He didn’t regard popular opinion, but rather chose to tackle the hard issues of eliminating Baal worship…something that was deeply entrenched in Judah’s worship at this point. Not only did he chop down the altars of Baal, but he also cut down the incense altars, the Asherim and the other idols that filled those areas. He totally desecrated the graves of those who had engaged in idol worship. A higher moral calling drove Josiah, not popular opinion. As we begin this week and head back to work, I ask you this: are you driven by a higher moral calling? Will you make decisions at work based on Biblical principles or based on popular opinion? Do you choose to gossip with the office mates because that’s expected or do you take a stand? Are you willing to stop unethical behavior of your subordinates? Are you willing to refuse to participate in illegal activities? Will you fire people that need to be fired?
It’s relatively easy to do the “right” thing when public outrage requires it. It’s also easy to do the right thing when everyone else is doing it (only a real jerk cuts in line when everyone else is waiting patiently). At work this week though, when the right thing is hard, will you stand in God’s power and do it? Be Josiah. Work for what’s right.