Posted by: Josh Gibson | January 8, 2010

American Idol-atry

Sometimes it seems that when we read or think about idols we picture the Old Testament, we lean toward thinking of “ancient people bowing down to carved wooden statues” as Mark Batterson put it. How silly and foolish of us to think this. Most of us are just refined or modern idolaters. Mark Batterson stated that, “I’m convinced that idolatry is our root spiritual problem. Maybe that’s why it’s the first commandment of ten?”

“In the beginning, God created us in His image. We’ve been creating Him in our image ever since” Batterson. As Americans we have settle for something less than worshiping the Creator, we have found an alternate for god, the proper sense of his name is no longer there.

And here is the complicated thing about our idols. Most idols are not inherently bad things most are good things, but those good things become idols because they become first priority in our lives, and take the place of God. Batterson stated that, “Instead of being the Ultimate End, God become a means to an end.” We want or love something/someone more than we want God and we attempt to use God to get what we believe is most important in live.

So how do you identify an idol?
Here are four idol identifiers: Written by Mark Batterson…

1) What consumes your thoughts? Your daydreams are idol clues.
-If it’s something you think about more than God then it may be an idol.

2) What bad habits do you struggle with? Your addictions are idol clues.
-An idol is something you cannot control. It controls you.

3) What do you spend too much money on? Your spending habits are idol clues.
-Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also!

4) What produces your strongest emotions? Your intense emotions are idol clues.
-If you want to identify an idol, all you have to do is identify your emotional attachments.

“Identifying an idol takes a tremendous amount of soul searching. And you have to be brutally honest. But you cannot tear it down until you name it.” -Mark Batterson

America it’s about time we return to God and allow him to have first place in our live.

The Supremacy of Christ
Colossians 1
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. NIV version


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