Let’s start by defining the word idol:
1. An image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.
2. Any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion.
God gave these words to Moses:
You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. Exodus 20:3-4
Paul wrote the following to the followers of The Way in Ephesus:
You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them—the usual variations on idolatry—will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God. Ephesians 5:5
I don’t believe much has changed since the Old and New Testaments were written.
Because “self” is the ultimate object and source of idol worship.
“What’s in it for me?” Who or what will give me the most . . . happiness? satisfaction? pleasure? success? etc.
Here are some of the things you shared as potential 21st Century Idols:
- Blogging and Social Media
- Electronic Entertainment
- Anything that takes our focus off God
I found these potential idols on-line:
- Personal Happiness
- Anything coveted or placed ahead of God
I have to admit . . . I struggle with several thing on these lists. I know The Commandments. I know they begin with, “You must not have any other god but me.
But I still put myself first way too often. I struggle with a desire to be popular, to look 10-20 years younger, to have everyone’s approval, to control my time selfishly, and to have those things I believe will make me happy.
How about you?
There is only one way to avoid worshipping idols.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. Mark 12:30
Loving God with all we are means making Him, and only Him, the center of our lives. It means living to obey, worship, trust, honor, and glorify Him. Loving God means loving and serving people so that we might show them how much He loves them.
Nothing for personal glory. Everything for His glory.
Our struggle with selfishness will be with us until we die, but by God’s grace and with His help we don’t need to give in to the temptation of 21st Century Idols.
Please join me tomorrow when we’ll look at 21st Century Idols and the Church.