Solomon brought the daughter of Pharaoh from the city of David to the house he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the house of David king of Israel because the places to which the ark of the LORD has come are holy.” – 2 Chronicles 8:11
At some point, Solomon realized that his pagan wife couldn’t live in Jerusalem where the ark of the LORD had also been housed. So he moved her to a private residence … out of town. Of course, this understanding concerning her pagan nature didn’t keep Solomon from marrying her in the first place! Solomon struggled to reconcile God’s truth with his daily life and decisions. While he was able to see the error of his wife’s presence in the city of David, he never saw the mistake of her presence in the life of a son of David.
Could it be that one of the greatest problems with the effectiveness of the western church today is similar to the one that plagued Solomon? We often compartmentalize our lives into the “sacred” and the “secular,” blissfully unaware that God considers them one. The truth is that all of life is to be consecrated unto God and the obedience of the saints to a weekly event (like a Sunday service) will never overcome lives of disobedience that span the rest of the week.
It’s all sacred. We live one life, not two.
The Christian faith can never be separated from the soil of sacred events, from the choice made by God, who wanted to speak to us, to become man, to die and rise again, in a particular place and at a particular time. – Joseph Ratzinger