2010-01-17 - Examples of Idolatry
The Ten Commandments, Part 10
I think, then, that we can see that related to obedience to this command comes blessing, which is really a right relationship with the Lord, and with disobedience comes judgment. If we define an idol as anything that comes ahead of the Lord in our life, then I think that we can see we all are in real jeopardy of idol worship.
How do we eliminate idolatry?: First, before we can talk about eliminating idolatry, we need to make up a list of idols. Let's not be general, but specifically what are some of idols that we have? What are some of the idols that Christ warns against? Christ picks up with those who would want to follow Him, what are their idols.
"Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."" (Matthew 8:19-22).
One's home can become an idol; one's family can come before the Lord. Another warning of this same danger is found in Luke 14:26.
"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters-yes, even his own life-he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:26)
Christ will not take second place to any. Here, he is simply using the contrast of putting Him so much in the place of importance in our lives, that it is as if we hated our parents. Let's once again turn the commandment around. If we are not to make idols, or have them, or worship them, then this means that the Lord must have the first place in our lives. This again reinforces the summary that Christ gave of the first commandments related to God;
"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'" (Matthew 22:37).
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