2 Chronicles 28:19 The LORD had humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had promoted wickedness in Judah and had been most unfaithful to the Lord. (NIV)
Evidently it is not a wise move for a nation to have a leader that promotes wickedness. The authorities in any country that disavow God will bring that nation to suffer the consequences of their behavior. We find from this passage a whole nation suffering as a result of the arrogance of one unchanged head of state. In fact, three verses later we are told the same potentate, though severely pressed, dug in his heals and refused to adjust any of his behavior toward God.
22 In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the Lord. (NIV)
Unjust judges and rulers will not go unpunished in abuses toward humanity. However, when a whole nation is brought to its knees something does not seem right. Maybe the hope for a nation in this situation is found in the little phrase “for he had promoted wickedness.” The King James Version translates that section as reading “he had made Judah naked.” We see the same usage in Exodus 32:25 where Aaron permitted the people to run loose and naked. In context, 2 Chronicles 28:19 can literally be read as meaning “he permitted Judah to break loose from all the restraints of religion.” That is what Aaron did to his people in allowing them to worship the golden calf. In fact even worse, as ruler of Israel, Ahaz promoted the nation to break loose of the restraints of religion.
The way to end the humbling would have been to make a course correction away from the promotions of the monarch. Fortunately for citizens of the United States, course corrections are made a whole lot easier. God sees such things and gives relief to those in such a state. Ahaz became more unfaithful, may this not be the trend in such a great nation with opportunity as ours. May our leaders recognize and listen to the citizens on which such liberties are invested.
The time for course correction is now! American leaders, are you listening?
J. Robert Hanson