Steven A. Bush - October 6, 2013

Flee From Idolatry

Flee From Idolatry

Pastor Tullian Tchividjian says it well: “Since Genesis 3 we have been addicted to setting our sights on something, someone, smaller than Jesus.”  Even while God was inscribing the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone, the people of Israel pressed Aaron into making a golden calf for them to worship. Despite the first two commandments warning against idolatry, Israel's pursuit of alien gods plagued them throughout their OT history.  They suffered horribly because of their spiritual adultery against Yahweh, the very One who had chosen them to be His favored people.  Paul, in today's text, warns the church in Corinth to learn from Israel's failures and to flee idolatry.  These Gentile believers were tempted to worship different gods and yet the pagan practices of their culture were every bit as evil as those that tempted the Israelites.  So does Paul's warning to flee idolatry apply to us?  Martin Luther said profoundly: “Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God, your functional savior.”  What constitutes as idolatry in our day?  What are the things, even the good and noble things, that we elevate above our Lord?  The best definition of idolatry comes from an unknown author: "When you take a good thing and make it the ultimate thing--that's idolatry."  So, yes, the admonition to "flee from idolatry" not only applies to us, it overwhelming applies to us because the competition for our hearts is fierce and the Maker and Creator of all things seen and unseen, Who loved us so much that He sent His Son to die, is still a jealous God who deserves to be first and foremost in our lives.

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