The second book of Kings in the Old Testament is a usefully depressing history on national decline. It starts with fire coming down from heaven to convince a king, and Elijah ascending to heaven via chariots of fire. It ends with the former king of Judah taken into captivity and dependent on the ruler of Babylon, who condescends to give him an allowance.
Not all kings were part of the descent. Jehoash, Amaziah, and Azariah, for example, all â€œdid what was right in the eyes of the Lord,â€ except for one thing: â€œThe high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high placesâ€ (2 Kings 12:2-3, 14:3-4, 15:3-4). Many who gave lip service to Yahweh hedged their bets by visiting a â€œhigh placeâ€ (in Hebrew, bamah) that was usually but not always on a hill or mountain. Read More: http://townhall.com/columnists/marvinolasky/2012/11/28/the_power_of_high_places_academia_and_media_are_hives_of_the_left_that_sway_the_culture/page/full/