Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
American Idols (Part 1)
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol.
Psalm 24:3-4 (NKJV)
They are insane with their idols.
Jeremiah 50:38 (NKJV)
Let's face it. Americans are insane about idols. We cherish them. They make us sing. We fantasize about them. We work harder than any nation on earth to get them.
What is an idol?
The Bible says, 'The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men's hands' (Psalm 135:15).
Random House Dictionary says an 'idol' is 'any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion'.
Therefore, American idols include glamourous jobs, big houses, fancy cars, fancy faces, and lots of bling. Our idol is celebrity. It's not just a Hollywood star. It's our culture: a self-centered, pleasure-driven, glory-seeking nation. It's America. The land of the free isn't so free anymore.
Idolatry is people-pleasing, people-flaunting, people-using, and child-endangering. I believe America is the 21st century Nineveh. Nineveh was the flourishing and hedonistic capital of the Assyrian empire mentioned from Genesis through the Gospels.
Remember Jonah? It was citizens of Nineveh he was sent to warn... and they listened. Will we?
Here's the thing: God will not accept second billing to American idols. Nor will He share the marquis with them. When the credits of our lives roll, His Holy Name must be the only One listed.
Jesus says, 'The Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment' (Mark 12:29-30). Because 'No one can serve two masters' (Matthew 6:24).
Worshipping American idols without repentance brings disaster. We must shake off the 'normalcy' of idol worship to put on the peculiarity of God worship--and we must be 100% in. Because church on Sundays won't make the cut.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the American Idols series.