Thou Shalt Have No Idols

Man’s mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain. John Calvin

One of the greatest problems today is the same problem that mankind has been fighting since the dawn of creation: Idolatry. If you don’t believe that, consider for a moment why God made the forbidding of idols the first command.

If you are like me, you probably thought that idolatry was something that died in the Old Testament times or, if it still exists, does so only in backward, third world nations. But as John Calvin so aptly stated a few hundred years ago, men continually forge new idols in their own brains. Don’t bother them with the facts, for what they think becomes what they believe.

If you don’t believe that, just look at today’s headlines. It seems that all men do is make idols of their own thoughts. Modern man is so sophisticated that he thinks he can take God’s commands and discard them. He thinks it is okay to pervert God’s natural plan for men and women, so he decides that God is wrong when He says that certain relationships are reserved only for marriage between a man and a woman. So fornication, adultery and homosexuality are now championed in the thinking of modern men. And these relationships become idols.

Modern men think that God has no place in cultured society, so our courts have taken Him out of school, out of government, and out of the business world. Then, when God is no longer in control, the popular opinions of men take over. That’s why we believe in a godless evolution, in global warming that makes the planet really cold, and in the idea that we can borrow money from our kid’s that have yet to be born. It’s even why we decide that babies in the mother’s womb don’t even have to be born, if they might interfere with our own selfish plans.

And, if you want to really talk about modern day idols, just take a look at those gods that sit in our entertainment rooms. We look at things on T.V. that used to make people blush. We look at things on our computers that no decent people ever used to look at. We play mindless games on our electronics instead of taking the time to go to worship.

And even we have justify all of these things in our minds as being cultured and sophisticated, they are really no less superstitious than the idols that the ignorant masses worshiped in their day.

There is a cure, though, for idolatry… and that cure is to restore God to His rightful position as Lord and Master of our lives.

Thou shalt have no other god before me. The First Commandment