4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.
Solomon had many wives, some seven hundred of royal birth, along with three hundred who were merely concubines. It was inevitable that some of these ladies were foreign born, and that they would believe in gods from their home nation. God had told the Israelites that they were forbidden to intermarry for that very reason.
We’re not in the same place today. Believers may come from all over the world. Christ’s message has been shared in every nation. Even so, there are differences between Protestant and Catholic believers, or those from an Orthodox church. We cannot presume that a devout Southern Baptist and a Roman Catholic believer will agree in all aspects of faith. We cannot presume that one must be right and the other wrong.
God became angry with Solomon because his heart turned away from the God of Israel. Jesus said that our treasure is where our heart is. Certainly there are parameters of faith according to God’s Word in the Bible, but there are plenty of variations that do not dishonor God in their diversity. God wishes us to stay close to the teachings of the Bible and call Jesus Savior, trusting in him alone for our salvation. Jesus took our sins upon himself in the cross. He died for us, and now lives to give us the promise of eternal life in him. By grace, God calls us his sons and daughters, for we belong to the body of Christ.
We trust in the Holy Spirit to guide us in God’s way.
Holy God, let us not do evil in your sight. Guide us to follow in your paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Keep us close to your Word to teach us how to live. We give you all praise in Jesus Christ. Amen.