No Idols

Exodus 20:4-6

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Idolatry today seems like such a foolish, ancient, and pagan thing to do.  It is a matter of common sense that anything that a person makes with their own hands cannot be considered a god or have any sort of power to make their life better.

But idolatry is just as much a part of life today as it was thousands of years ago.  We may not bow to an object but we worship it in our attitudes, how much time we spend with it, and where our resources go.

There is nothing wrong with having possessions.  I have a big screen TV, a couple of video game consoles, and high speed internet.  I spend massive amounts of time online and checking my email.  Your priorities may be in fishing, reading, watching sports, gardening, or camping.

Something becomes an idol when we place it before God however.  We should enjoy life and any hobbies that we have.  But a problem occurs when we miss church to go camping or watch football.  There is a problem when we don’t give to church as we should because we have to pay off a big screen TV or a mortgage that stretched us further than we should have gone.

Possessions are great; just don’t let them distract you from your worship of God.  When they begin to draw you away from doing what God wants, then they are an idol.  When that happens, we’re every bit as guilty as the ancient pagans who bowed before statues of gold.

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