Who Cares About the Next Generation? Not I!


That’s essentially what King Hezekiah said when the prophet Isaiah told him that Jerusalem would be wiped “as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down” (2 Kin 21.13 ESV) and that his own sons would be taken away to be “eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” (2 Kin 20.18 ESV)

Listen to his cavalier response:

“Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?”      (2 Kin 20.19 ESV)

Even as I write this, the CBC news is reporting on the debt deal in the US House of Representatives and discussing the probable outcome of the rate of US debt, which is now 100% of its GDP. Disaster may have been forestalled, but the problem is anything but solved.

Perhaps the text, “In God We Trust”, which is carved into the stone at the US capitol, should be altered to read either, “In God We Trusted” or, “In Us We Trust”. Better yet, replace it with the words of Hezekiah quoted above.

I can’t think of a better summary of politics.

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2 thoughts on “Who Cares About the Next Generation? Not I!”

  1. It’s ironic, isn’t it? Even the capitalist system, which we advocate, has a built-in greed-o-meter. The local church is the only thing that strikes the perfect balance between charity and hard work–theoretically, that is. Yes, Hezekiah was honest–and perhaps I’m a bit too hard on him. There seems to be a sense of resignation in his statement, as well–the best he could hope for under the circumstances, and an evidence of God’s mercy to him personally, at least. These next few months and years will be very interesting, eh? Maranatha!

  2. It’s the selfishness built into fallen human nature. Looking out for number one may be a relatively new expression, but it is an ancient tradition. At least Hezekiah was honest, although his statement surely didn’t sound like a confession of sin. And as far as the political arena is concerned it is all too easy to yield to the temptation to think the same thoughts. Perhaps this whole business will speed up the one-world-currency process. Even so come, Lord Jesus.

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