It has been a few weeks since I have featured this, and good posts have piled up a bit. I feel like I’m editing a magazine as I choose posts I would encourage you to check out. I think perhaps we will do this in a couple installments. This post will focus on God and idolatry.
We begin with a post from a month ago when Anne Rice announced she was leaving the church. Mike Wittmer suggests the underlying sin behind her decision – and none of us are immune to it. Indeed Mike suggests it is our modern sin. It makes an idol of ourselves and directly opposes three passion living.
Another popular god is fashion which many seemed enslaved too (do you regularly have to have new clothes, a new car, a new ipod, etc. to stay in fashion?), and all of us are influened by it to some degree. Tullian Tchividjian gives us a great quote from Spurgeon for all of us to consider on fashion.
One big problem we have is that we can make even our views of God into idolatry (as the Second Commandment warns us against). Ray Ortlund gives us a classic quote from A.W. Tozer reminding us how important our view of God is. How closely does our view of God match what he has revealed to us?
When our views of God get small, idols become more tempting. Justin Taylor gives us a great quote from John Piper reminding us that God is better than all the idols in this world. And Thabiti Anyabwile gives us a quote from Thomas Watson calling us to see the empiness of our idols that we might turn to the fullness of Christ.
One final quote and one of my favorites on the folly of idolatry from Jeremiah:
Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried, for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.
As idols call our name, may this verse come to mind.