Do not look at the start of a life. Look at the end. Solomon was wise enough to know he needed wisdom to rule as a youth, and was faithful. He was wealthy, and built the temple, wrote the proverbs, and the Song of songs, on romantic, erotic love.
But that was his downfall. He liked the women, and married outside of his nation thinking that he could remain faithful when married to a pagan. Instead, the wives got him to allow pagan worship. Never, men, underestimate the influence of a wife on you, for good or ill. The reverse applies to women when their man leads them to evil.
And so Solomon did not preserve the kingdom, but divided it: and he is not counted with the faithful kings, but those who saw their house divided or ended. He was wise.
But knowledge did not save him.
None of us is strong enough, without God.
5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.”
6 Then Solomon said, “You have shown great faithfulness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth, righteousness, and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great faithfulness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 And now, Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am like a little boy; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. 9 So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, to discern between good and evil. For who is capable of judging this great people of Yours?”
10 Now it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself a long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the lives of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you. 13 I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days. 14 And if you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.”
12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; the one who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I am testifying about Myself, My testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. 16 But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17 Even in your Law it has been written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.” 19 So they were saying to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also.”
There are a whole number of lies out there. I have spent a fair amount of this year dealing with them. My mate who sends me poetry gave me a good kick up the pants in the spring when the exhaustion and fear was triumphing. But I worry. I see the tears of Kea and she worries about our kids, and I am guilted by the memory of the tears I inflicted on the godly woman who raised me.
And I see the patterns. Those who are of God can start children off well, or less well. But inherited faith does not last. It falls to the temptations and snares of this world, even when those of us with grey hair think they are tawdry (and frankly tame, to a lad bought up on 70s music, punk included, when depravity baked itself into popular culture). The current moral panic is ending because it is a lie. And so will these lies.
Of course things will collapse, like the USSR did; because The System does not even want to continue, everybody is tired, miserable and demotivated - but this time, everywhere in the world is in the same boat.
Only that massive prevalence of fear, cowardice, resentment and despair; which is inevitable as a late consequence of the atheist-materialist-leftist assumptions that have for decades been rotting minds and communities.
But, if you don't want to be a part of it; you don't have to be... You know what you need to do.
However, it will be... 'challenging' - as the managerial drones call it - to retain our Christian hope in such as world as this.
Challenging, indeed; but within reach of each and every Man - if he will but reach-out and grasp it; over and again - on a daily basis.
So what are we to do? This is the end of the year, but the cycle of crisis continues.
We are to be faithful. To God, to our families, to our tribe.
We will not speak lies.
We will protect those that are of us.
This will require some hard conversations. It will kill mass media. It means that people will walk away to chase that cute pagan.
And it will mean tears and prayer.
But one needs to finish the race well, and not, as the crisis is here, fall into the temptations of this age.