An “Idol” Mind is the Devil’s Workshop – Part 2

John Calvin observed long ago that the human heart, our image-bearing and image-fashioning nature, is an idol factory. In spite of all our learning and scientific achievements, this is no less true today than it was in the 16th Century when Calvin made this observation.

Idolatry is Misplaced Worship

Every human being was created to worship. Therefore the issue is never will a person worship, but what will they worship –someone or something. The central theological structure of the Bible revolves around the ages-long struggle between true faith and worship and perverted faith and idolatry.

Man’s Original Sin was an Act of Idolatry – (Read Romans 1:21-25)

The Bible does not consider idolatry as being just a sin among many sins, but the root sin that nurtures all other sins!

The text in Romans 1:21 reminds us that in spite of their knowledge of the one true God, mankind, as a whole, did not honor, recognize or worship Him, but instead “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images … and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator.” Instead of living for God, man begins to live for himself, or his work, or for material goods.

In the beginning, human beings were made to worship and serve God, and to rule over all created things in God’s name (Gen 1:26­–28). Our federal and seminal representative, Adam, rebelled against God and His design and reversed the original intended order. As a result, man began to worship and serve created things, which, paradoxically, resulted in the created things coming to rule over him.

The first two of the Ten Commandments are laws against idolatry. The Bible doesn’t envision any third option between true faith and idolatry. We will either worship the uncreated God or we will worship some created thing (an idol). There is no possibility of our worshipping nothing. The classic New Testament text of Romans 1:18-25, tells us that the reason we turn to idols is because we want to control our lives, though we know that we owe God everything. “Though they knew God, they neither glorified God nor gave thanks to him.” Verse 25 tells us the strategy for control—taking created things and setting our hearts on them and building our lives around them. Since we need to worship something, because of how we are created, we cannot eliminate God without creating God-substitutes. Verses 21 and 25 tell us the two results of idolatry:

(1)Deception—”their thinking became futile and their hearts were darkened,”

(2) Slavery —”they worshipped and served” created things.

Whatever we worship we will serve, for worship and service are always inextricably bound together. So every human personality, community, worldview, and culture will be based on some ultimate concern or some ultimate allegiance—either to God or to some God-substitute.

Individually, we will ultimately look either to God or to success, romance, family, status, popularity, beauty, reason, education or something else to make us feel personally significant and secure, and to guide our choices.

Culturally, we will ultimately look to either God or to the free market, the state, the elites, the will of the people, science and technology, military might, human reason, racial pride, or something else to make us corporately significant and secure, and to guide our choices.

Our English word “worship” comes from an Old English word meaning “worth-ship.” Louie Giglio writes: “Worship is simply about value. The simplest definition I can give is this: Worship is our response to what we value most. That’s why worship is that thing we all do. It’s what we’re all about on any given day. Worship is about saying, ‘This person, this thing, this experience (this whatever) is what matters most to me . . . it’s the thing of highest value in my life.’ And whatever is worth most to you – guess what – is what you worship. As a result, worship fuels our actions, becoming the driving force of all we do.”

Worship is our life in love relationship with God as seen and known in the face of Jesus Christ, being lived and being offered daily to Him. Worship is our lives loving Him, exalting Him, giving Him honor and blessing Him in the easy times, the hard times, joyful times, weeping times, and at all times. It is our showing forth His praise–His excellencies — in every circumstance of our lives.

Worship is so much more than singing a song, more than a dance, more than playing an instrument, more than a once or twice a week event within four walls of a building. Worship is not music, song, sermon, or dancing around. Our worship is our lives presented to our God as living sacrifices each day that we have breath upon the earth and for all eternity.

King Jesus said we must worship “in spirit.” This means that in our human spirit, enabled by the Holy Spirit, we responding to and reflect back to God the worth of His person. We are to worship from the inside out. It’s not a matter of being in the right place at the right time, with the right words, the right demeanor, nor the right clothes, the right formalities, the right activities, the right music, or the right mood.

Worship involves the totality of our being. It is not merely a Sunday activity or a quiet time every day, but an all day attitude and action. Our bodies are temples of the Living God. Every sphere of our lives is scared. Every activity of our lives is to be lived by the power of God, according to the Word of God, for the glory of God! Anything else or less is IDOLATRY!

The bottom line is that we worship whatever we consider has the most worth.

Is the great and first thing – loving God — first, foremost and fully the center of all you are and do? Do you love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength? Anything else or less is IDOLATRY!

  My Zimbio

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