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So Many Idols

There are so many idols that can capture our hearts.  1 John 5:21 warns us against idolatry.  We are not to be idolaters as some of the Israelites were (1 Corinthians 10:7) and we are to flee idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14).  Exodus 20:3-4 warns against the sin of idolatry.  Idolatry is a sin of the flesh and shows our utter corruption (Galatians 5:20).

I look around and I see idolatry all over the place.  Granted I don’t see people outwardly bowing down to pools, to idols made of wood or stone but I do see people bowing down to the false idols of self, of sex, of pride, of lust, of riches (or Mammon as in Matthew 6:24).  I see bowing down to the gods of entertainment, food, music, and drink.

But I see even more idols in the idolatry of worshiping sports teams, the idolatry of parents who adore their children above God.  I see even people idolizing theology and lifting up knowledge above their passion for Christ.  They can sit for hours and discuss deep theological themes but they don’t bow their knees to pray, to worship, to evangelize.  They just talk about theology but never truly worship the God whom they claim they are seeking.

The idol of money is a powerful idol.  I see people chasing after money.  Chasing after things of this world.  I see people chasing after more stuff, more houses, more cars, more boats, more motorcycles, more toys.  Their old adage is “He who dies with the most toys, wins.”  Do we not see that we take nothing with us (Ecclesiastes 2:11)?  We enter the world with nothing and we leave this world with nothing.  Only what is done for Christ will last (Matthew 6:19-21).

John the Apostle tells us in 1 John 2:15-17 that only those who do the will of the Father will abide forever.  We are not to love this world or the things in the world for if we do so, the love of the Father is not in us.  We cannot both love this world and love God at the same time.  The chasing after idolatry is foolish and leads only to death for these gods are false gods and cannot save us.

In the end, God will destroy all idols and all idolaters (Revelation 21:8).  We have broken His command in Exodus 20:3-4 and have served other gods.  It was this sin of idolatry that led to the children of Israel being cast out of the promise land and into the Babylonian captivity (Ezekiel 16:15-22).  God sent the prophets to warn the people of Israel to turn from their idolatry but they did not.  God gave them over to their lusts and they were led into captivity.  God gave the land a sabbath from their wicked ways.  Will He spare us?  Does not Romans 1 promise that God will give people over to their idolatry and their sins?  We become what we worship.

Oh that we might repent and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us into His truth.  Let Him search our hearts to keep us from the wicked sin of idolatry (Psalm 19:13).  I pray that the Holy Spirit will place His hand upon all the idols of our hearts.  The idols of football teams, of our children, of technology such as Facebook or even blogging.  May the Spirit lead us to love Christ more and fear Him alone.  May He lead us toward godliness and being totally devoted to Christ the King.

Oh Lord purge me of idolatry!


Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/08/2014 at 2:18 PM

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  1. I think the West, including Christians, underestimate tho idolatry of entertainment.


    09/09/2014 at 6:12 PM

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