They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger. They sacrificed to demons, not to God, to gods they did not know, to new gods, new arrivals that your fathers did not fear. Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, and have forgotten the God who fathered you.
For they served idols, of which the Lord had said to them, 'You shall not do this thing.'
On Sunday, my pastor (Dr. George Dillard of Peachtree City Christian Church and Chairman of the AMTC Board) spoke about surrendering to God. But we cannot surrender to God while we are surrendered to idols. Therefore, we must abandon the idols that we follow.
Following are some painfully familiar American idols. The first two idols are more common to men:
1) S_x: 'For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality' (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
For this is the will of media, the sanctification of sin: that you should engage in immorality as America's standard of conduct.
The glamorization of sexual immorality has dire consequences: abortion, teen moms, absentee dads, venereal disease, broken hearts, shattered families, abandoned dreams, child pornography, human trafficking, and a generation of children who discard innocence to discover bondage.
2) Sports: 'Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever' (1 Corinthians 9:25). 'But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith' (1 Timothy 6:11-12).
Men of God in America: commit yourself to the fight you are called to fight, the race you are called to run, the team you are called to join. You don't need gloves, balls, or bodily strength. 'For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come' (1 Timothy 4:8).
Don't worship s_x or sports. Worship God. This is not a flesh and blood battle, but it does carry life and death consequences.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the American Idols series.