A Meditation: On Leviticus 18:21 // You Shall Not Give Any Of Your Children To Offer Them To Molech //

by Matheus Yuhlung

“You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” – Leviticus 18:21 (ESV)

To be a government servant (i.e. to have a job in the public sector) is of great value in India. Almost every parent wants their child to grow up and work for the government at a reputed position. And so children are raised with that mind frame. This cultural habit of ours has also been a subject of many satirical films and plays.

Though working for the government is a really good thing, as every government servant gets to enjoy a lot of services and facilities and his every need is taken cared of; even including his family’s needs.

But it is not easily to get these jobs. Hence, the generation that I’m growing up with has always found the weight of this baggage from the generation before us who are indeed working in the public sector. But the problem actually is not this and it is also not the idea of working for the government but the way we absolutely sideline other carrier opportunities.

Now, why am I writing about these in a meditation? Because we have forgotten the fact that this life is not ours; and hence our carrier choices shouldn’t also be about mending our needs but fulfilling the calling of God and to seek it and to live up to it.

I absolutely admire the way Americans have understood this bit as I see a generation of people taking up college education with the perspective of working in the ministry of God.

I think it is essential to be conscious about the decisions we take regarding the way we want to live our lives; by taking the advice from the word of God and not from any social or cultural maxims – least we end up following ungodly ways and end up sacrificing ourselves and our loved ones in the fire of Molech.[i]

[i] Metaphorically speaking.

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