Creating Your Personal Idol
June 4, 2017 @ 5:41 PM by: Blenheim Baptist
How we love success stories! Popular T.V. series Canadian Idol, American Idol, and The Voice leave us awe-struck at the talent of the contestants. Sketches of personal history reveal humble, even ‘against all odds’ beginnings; now that ‘hidden’ talent is introduced to the nation!
The person who has earned the highest praise is given the designation ‘Idol’. Given the success that follows some actually idolize or ‘worship’ that achiever. Winners may become heroes.
Let’s change focus for a moment. In the record of Scripture having an ‘IDOL’ was NOT a good thing. An idol was crafted by man’s hands. A creation was worshiped rather than the Creator. People sought for protection, provision, guidance, and wisdom from their man-made images.
In God’s view an idol does not pass the ‘life test’. Psalm 115:5-8 states:
“They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes but they cannot see; they have ears,
but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel,
feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those
who make them will be like them…”
An idol has no life, and no ability to help mankind. Only in the mind of its creator is it a true god, having unique abilities. Believing in an idol does not make it live, nor can it impart life.
In our educated Canadian culture, our MIND tends to be the IDOL itself. It’s about ME, me creating my own religion. It goes like this:
- “I worship God as I understand him.”
- “As long as you believe something.”
- “If it is true to you, that’s all that matters.”
- “Believe it enough and it will become true.”
The right to believe does not make what we believe right. God questions, “Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation…Woe to him.” (Habakkuk 2:18) The religion one carves out in the mind still must pass the ‘life test’, and the ‘truth test’.
Christ-followers affirm that in the documents of Scripture the Living God, the only God, has made Himself known. His first Commandment remains: “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol…” (Exodus 20:3, 4) “Why?” Because idols are nothing; creating a personal idol or god-consciousness means nothing. Don’t be deceived.
I choose to listen to, and to follow, the God who is a Person. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth…in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:24, 28) He loves us, offers forgiveness of sin, and the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. I, indeed, bow to Him alone.
“Are you with me?”
Pastor Bill Terris
Blenheim Baptist Church