But Jeroboam set up false gods to NOT lose that kingdom.
Thus he slung aside the very God who blessed him in (what he thought was) a savvy plan to retain power at all costs.
Unfortunately, this is what happens to the majority. If you don’t have a moral code (like the Bible), you make your own code. And often the code evolves based on decisions of convenience. Your changing rationalizations may qualm your conscious. But in fact, you have no morality whatsoever.
Evolutionists and atheists are currently arguing strenuously (they are straining to make it work) that morality appeared as a result of evolution. As I have said previously, such a notion undermines evolution itself (in which survival of the fittest alone matters (whether you call “fittest” “strongest” or “prettiest” or whatever)).
All of this is NOT to say that I am holier than anyone. NO! I am probably a worse sinner than you. But I recognize that the wrong I do is wrong. I don’t call it right because my flesh desires. Instead, I cry out for forgiveness to Christ and try afresh to serve Him keeping His moral code, found in the Bible.
What is going on currently is not modern science. It has been happening since the beginning of time. By psychologists, it’s called “justification.” Since living below our moral standard (the God-given conscious creates anxiety, we appease our conscious by changing our morals).
Jeroboam is an example in concentrate. In punishment of Solomon’s sins, God threatened to strip the majority of the kingdom away from his son, which He did to Roboam. Jeroboam was the beneficiary, receiving power over 10 tribes of Israel to the North.
But he worried that the Jehova-ists would become disloyal because true worship was ordained in Judah, in the temple in Jerusalem, in territory of Roboam. So he astutely set up a false god on the road to Jerusalem (why not shorten your journey?) and another god far away from Jerusalem (to draw people away from Jerusalem. This was his desperate bid to retain control.
But when you flout God, things don’t go well. As a result of his brainstorming, Israel years later lost its very existence in the exile of Assyria (which forced intermarriage of exiled peoples). Only Judah survived (thus, the name “Jews” today.) When in 1948, a Jewish nation was re-formed, they named it “Israel,” but they might have been more correct to call it “Judah.”
Jeroboam thought it was a good strategy to change his morals. Whatever good you think might come by re-inventing the wheel, you might not want the consequences of abandoning the Bible and its moral code.
In the movie “Valkyrie,” twice bystanders face a decision to either support the insurrection against Hitler or support the Fuhrer himself. Either one could have guaranteed the success of the anti-Hitler conspiracy. Perhaps out of fear of Hitler, both opted to support the evil dictator. Months later, they were dead. Many in Nazi Germany simply found it convenient to go with the flow of the moral order in Nazi Germany.
Just because it’s convenient doesn’t make it moral.