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Flee from Idolatry

Flee from Idolatry
1 Corinthians 10:14

"Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry."

When we think of idolatry, we are prone to set our minds on the idols of years gone by; the golden calf, Dagon, Baal, Molech, the myriad of gods worshipped by the Greeks and Romans, and so forth. Or, we might focus on the false gods of South American or African tribal people, or even of the gods of Hinduism, or some other non-Christian religion of today. How often, though, do we examine ourselves, to see if we are guilty of idolatry?

The Merriam Webster's Deluxe Dictionary defines Idolatry as "1. the worship of a physical object as a god; 2. immoderate attachment or devotion to something." One need not cut down a tree and fashion it with a hammer and chisel to be guilty of idolatry. We are capable of turning just about anything into an idol. In a country as prosperous as ours, idolatry is much more widespread than we might imagine. In fact, it is the prosperity, which we enjoy that in part facilitates the idolatry of many. The man who meticulously waxes his candy apple red sports car each day; the family, who on Sunday always looks forward to a weekend vacation and forsakes the assembly of the church, the teenager who has every CD, DVD, poster, book, magazine article (everything) to do with a certain movie star.

Our Lord once said, " Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.." (Matthew 6:19-21). Where is your heart? Is it set on things eternal, or have things temporal taken over?

What issues, possessions, or people do you treasure? Know for surety, friend, it is a treasure incomparable to that which is found in Christ Jesus. No person, property or purpose deserves our devotion like Jesus Christ, His church and His cause. Let us be willing to forsake all else, that Christ might reign supreme in our lives.

"The dearest idol I have known, whate'er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from Thy throne, and worship only Thee."
William Cowper, poet
Antioch church of Christ
05/09/10  PM


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