They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families. But they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land whom God had destroyed before them. – I Chronicles 5:25
These words were used by the Chronicler to describe the men of Manasseh, one of the tribes of Israel. According to the text they got many things right. They were great on the battlefield, bravely defending their people with honor. They wore the pants in the family, running a tight ship at home. They were also famous, meaning they were pillars in the community. You could say they were the envy of the town- everybody wanted to be like these warriors. But there was a problem, they were not right spiritually. We can do many things well in this life, but if we get this one area wrong then all the good things we have done do not matter. “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Be encouraged and keep the faith.