“Idolatry is when you worship what you should use, and use what you should worship.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
“The opposite of Christianity is not atheism, but idolatry.” – Peter Kreeft
Reality television has become a cultural phenomenon. I don’t quite understand why, but people go crazy over the next new reality show. There are dozens of these shows today, but I don’t believe any of them will garner the popularity of American Idol when it first came out in 2002. I have never seen the show over the nineteen seasons it has run, but I know many people have. I bring this up not for the premise of the show or whether you should or should not watch it, but because of the name. The name was derived from the idea that stars become idols of America. It is a fascinating reality, but it is very true. Movie stars, singers, sports figures, and even politicians can become idolized and put in a place of prestige and prominence.
It is not only people who can become idols, but things can as well. The latest fashion, the newest game, the next form of entertainment, and so forth. An idol is anything that is idolized, meaning we admire, revere, and love excessively. We could describe an idol this way; that which possess first place in our heart that is not God. When something captures our attention and admiration more than God, we have created an idol.
For the nation of Israel, they ran the risk of become an idolatrous nation if they followed suit of those pagan people around them. The practice of the day was to set up a statue or likeness of some kind and then worship it. Some would even idolize the sun, moon, and stars. Others would become obsessed with object or person. The reality is they elevated something to a position of greater importance in their life than God. They began to trust a lifeless and fallen object to meet and fulfill their deepest needs.
We run the great risk of making the same blunder. I doubt any of us would ever set up a statue and worship it, but we might put our trust in something to meet our deepest needs. When we place our adoration and affection on something other than God, we have committed idolatry. When our fulfillment or lack of fulfillment in life has more to do with a sports team, fishing hole, or reality show than it does the King of Kings something is wrong spiritually.
Today take some inventory of what really matters in your life. What is the most important thing for you? What could you not live without? Do you have anything that has risen to idol level? Are you unwilling to let something God to serve God fully?
Let the Lord Jesus Christ have first place in your life today.
Daily Scripture Reading
Deuteronomy 3 - 4
“Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.”