Elijah: Idol Worship

THE FACTS:

Idol worship has existed for centuries. Ages ago it was all about bowing down to non-living entities such as metal or wooden based idols. Back and forth the Israelites turned to idols even after God warned them numerously. It was quite odd when these guys turned to worshiping wooden things instead of the living God whom rescued them from Egypt years back. (Habakkuk 2:18-20)

“Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it?
Or an image that teaches lies?
For he who makes it trusts in his own creation;
he makes idols that cannot speak.

Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’
Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’
Can it give guidance?
It is covered with gold and silver;
there is no breath in it.

But the LORD is in his holy temple;
let all the earth be silent before him.”

Its this same idol worship that prompted Elijah to confront King Ahab and warn him that God would punish Israel.

But today,idol worship has taken new forms that are quite obscure and less conspicuous but very common.

1. Humanistic  gods:

Worshiping of other people; Celebrities (Who for example?); Popular people (Obamamania???; religious leaders) Romans 1:23,25

2. Materialistic gods

Mathew 6:24

Materialism: money, property, power. Christians are also not immune to this god.

3. Relational gods

Does your family come first before God? Mat. 10:37-38

At the same time there are those who forget their families and put their religious activities first (going to church every day the whole day coming home late and not fulfilling both family and conjugal duties!)

Both of the above reactions are wrong.

It’s possible to put both God and family and friends in PROPER perspective. Its all about creating a balance in your life.

{A PERSONAL CHOICE}

Are you guilty of syncretism?!!!!!

Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures or schools of thought. In other words making that which is pure to be impure.Example: A glass of fresh Tropical juice aint pure. Its a mixture of many fruits: passion, orange, mango, pears etc. But a glass of fresh Orange juice from the same brand is pure coz it only contains orange fruit extract.

Well you can guard yourself from idolatry:

1.            Make a choice: Joshua 24:14-15; renew your commitment to God daily.

2.            Are you a WATERMELON??? Constantly evaluate your lifestyle in light of God’s eternal word.

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And lets forget about Paul the Octopus. He’s just another marine animal. Nothing special about him. But maybe special to be a dinner delicacy for somebody.

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