Good news and bad news. The good news is that some of the kings did some good. The refurbished the temple, made repairs, offered sacrifices to God and still called upon Elisha for guidance. The bad news is that they never fully removed the pagan shrines from their culture and society. Even though they knew that God was the only true God, they worshiped other gods anyway.
I find this to be true in my life. I clean stuff up and make changes only to keep little shrines to other gods. Like the god of greed or lust or anger. Just like the kings, I would do much better to fully clean house instead of hanging on to the lesser idols.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.