While reading 2 Kings today I noticed that the story of all the kings included the statement, “And he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but”. Notice the but? The kings always seemed to have a halfhearted relationship with God. Then along came Ahaz. In 2 Kings 16:2-4 we see that Ahaz didn’t do anything pleasing in the sight of the Lord.
Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the lord his God, as his ancestor David had done. Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire. In this way, he followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations the lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the pagan shrines and on the hills and under every green tree. 2 Kings 16:2-4
Halfhearted relationships with God over the course of many generations can have an impact on later generations. Children can quickly see through the hypocrisy of halfhearted devotion and this may cause them to reject everything we stand for, especially the good things. The question is, when it comes to our relationship with God, what kind of example are we setting for our children?