Today's Reading: 2 Kings 9-11
Ba-al worship is idolatry.
A god whose name means "life giver" offers a lie which distracts us from the truth.
Ba-al worship is popular.
It is not just some ancient religion. It is the religion we all choose when we get our eyes off the one true God and run after a substitute seeking life.
Ba-al worship is old.
It began in the garden of Eden, when a couple chose forbidden fruit over all the permitted fruit of the garden. It chooses death over life. It chooses falsehood and ease over faithfulness and truth.
Ba-al worship is seductive.
It gives us what we immediately desire and never fulfills what we truly want or need.
Ba-al worship can be destroyed.
It takes the anointed ones to get up and go, to seek out all that is false, to contain it and destroy it. It takes the knocking down of our own false pillars of pride and our own false towers of Babel. It takes a constant vigilance of the watchers in the tower to warn against approaching enemies. It takes the courage and the boldness to say 'no' to the slithering tempter. It takes a firm crushing of the head of the serpent.