Posted: April 29
Matt's Thoughts I have been reading through the book of the prophet Jeremiah and have been noticing what he had to say about idols. The practice in antiquity was to have idols that would represent the gods of harvest, rain, sun, fertility, war, etc., etc. Jeremiah said; Someone cuts down a tree from the forest; it is worked by the hands of a craftsman with a chisel. He decorates it with silver and gold. It is fastened with hammer and nails, so it won’t totter. Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch, their idols cannot speak. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them for they can do no harm — and they cannot do any good. Jeremiah 10:3-5 (HCSB) It is difficult for us to relate to this practice from our cultural perspective. Go out in the woods, cut a log, fashion it, cover it with silver and gold and then secure it so it won’t topple over, then pray to it, worship it and depend on it? Really? People did that? Making an idol and depending on it is not what we do – or is it? Think about how much we rely on politicians, celebrities, superstar athletes and intellectuals. We listen to what they say. If they have an opinion it is given more clout and validity than “run-of-the-mill” people. As a culture we make the politicians, celebrities, superstar athletes and intellectuals. We choose them, cover them with silver and gold and secure them so they don’t topple over, and if they do, we pick and choose whether what caused them to topple should be a point of shame or not. Like it or not … as a culture we do make idols and we do trust in their views for our happiness and our future. As a culture we make plans, both short term and long, based on what our idols think of things. We buy things, sell things, vote a certain way, tolerate or are intolerant based on the opinions of celebrities, superstars and people of power. 3000 years ago King David wrote: It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes. Psalms 118:8-9 NIV Don’t trust in cultural and man-made idols – trust in the Lord!