“You shall not make for yourself an image 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 parents 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. Exodus 20:4-6
The first time I read this scripture I was like, wow pictures may get me in trouble. In careful look of this scripture then I realize that if I bow or worship such picture then it would apply.
As civilization has evolved we think that we don’t encounter on idolatry as this was written in a time where people would bow to golden and wooden gods believing that they had powers. There are still active religions who place worship to sculptures, stamps, pictures or unanimated objects. People bow before these, pray and believe that their prayers would be answered.
However, even Christians can also enter in some forms of idolatry. In Colossians 3:5 we read “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” So, if as a Christian you are engaging in sexual activities outside of the covenant of marriage, including pornography. If you are envious or jealous of your neighbor’s blessings. If your passions are towards sports, entertainment or your work, you are engaging in a form of idolatry.
Let’s look into our hearts and search sincerely where our passions are. Let’s look at what struggles we have that can be interfering with us having a pure life in the Lord.
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The Roman Catholic Church is full of male and female statues representing Jesus, Joseph, Mary, and others. They are often used in worship services and many people bow down before them.
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My pastor talks about that every season. He preaches on his team’s shirt and tells people to DVR the game and still come to church and how he missed the Super Bowl for many years to tend to the children’s ministry and didn’t die. So still put God first. But it’s true for many people, sports is their idol.
We have a “Homecoming Sunday” every year. Everyone dresses in their team colors (lots of orange and blue for Boise State *ug!*) and we have a potluck. Well, we have potlucks every month… and people wear their team colors/jerseys to church anyway, but at least this time it’s encouraged. 😉 And the rivalries (so far) always stay friendly.
That actually sounds fun! 🙂
Football season (pro and college) is starting up soon…
I went through a powerful Bible study a couple of years ago by Kelly Minter, called No Other Gods. It was really eye-opening, and convicting, about all the things we can make idols in our lives. Great topic.
Thank you Tracy. It is very eye opening. Sometimes we thing that because we don’t have a golden calf we don’t have idols and we need to catch ourselves into other things that we’re making idols in our lives. Thanks for sharing, I’ll look into it 🙂