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May 09, 2013

The Gods We Worship

The Gods We Worship

Idol worship is alive and well. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

In the 135th Psalm, David — after describing the history of YHWH’s redemptive work for Israel — says, “The idols of the nations are silver and gold made by the hands of men. They have mouths but can’t speak, ears but can’t hear, nor is their breath in their mouths.” In other words, idols are dead so why would you worship them?

I often wondered why, when I saw the flannel graph pictures of Old Testament idols, would someone carve an ear into wood and then talk to it? It’s a good question. But the idols of our day are just as contrived aren’t they? We are tempted by the god of stuff as if it will meet our deepest needs; the god of sex as if it could replace a Divine relationship; the god of state as if it will solve all our problems; and the god of self as if we could be a law until ourselves and there were no one else before us.

John Calvin once said that humans were incurably religious. So whether wood, clay or otherwise, be careful what you worship. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Psalm 135 (ESV)
Bible Gateway

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