Do You Worship a Modern-Day Idol?
The prophet Habakkuk, like many Old Testament mouthpieces for God, talked about the folly of a person who fashioned an object and then turned around to worship it. In essence, these ancient people would make something less them themselves and then revere it as something more. They would turn a log, a rock, or something they created into their god, an inanimate object they bowed down to, worshiped, and served. How foolish.
The idea of a man making an object and then worshiping it seems ludicrous, yet are we any different today? It’s now fashionable to conceive of God as we want him to be. We keep the parts we like and throw away the parts we don’t. We assign him traits that don’t belong and ignore what does.
Modern culture often makes God into who we want him to be. Is that any less ridiculous than bowing down to an image made from wood or stone? Can a god concocted in our minds save us any more than a god fashioned with our hands?
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.