Idolatry

The apostle John wrote in 1 John 5:21 "Dear children, keep yourselves from idols."

The question begs to be asked, "Exactly what is an Idol" An "Idol, is literally an object which is set aside for veneration or worship.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri in 1835. His family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, a port on the Mississippi River, when he was four years old. There he received a public school education. He had an adventuresome youth and then, in 1870, he married Olivia Langdon and settled down in Hartford, Connecticut. He became an author and took the pen name Mark Twain. His most renown works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." His writing style was punctuated with irreverent humour and a hatred of hypocrisy and oppression.

Twain was not a Christian or a churchgoer. He did not like some of things that he saw in some churches, especially the love for money by some parishioners - frankly I join Twain in his sentiments.

In September 1871, Twain wrote a satirical work known as the "The Revised Catechism," reflecting what he believed most Christians thought: "What is the chief end of man? To get rich. In what way? Dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must. Who is God, the one and only true? Money is God. Gold and Green Backs and Stock-father, son, and ghosts of same, three persons in one; these are the true and only God, mighty and supreme."

I guess when most of us think about Idolatry we tend to associate it with, carved statues, porcelain figurines, the pursuit of wealth, careers, property and the like but did you realise Idolatry can also be a particular season or festival - even a "holy day". In this context when you set aside certain things in recognition of such "holy days", things such as certain foods, you are actually giving demons worship? I kid you not - check out 1 Corinthians 10:19-22.

Idolatry can be anything that steals our hearts away from God. Augustine said "Idolatry is worshiping anything that ought to be used, or using anything that is meant to be worshiped."

Be careful where you place your loyalties today and in the New Year yeah?

 

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