American Idol and shows like it bother me. As a matter of fact they bother me a lot. Usually us Christians fall into the trap of copying what the world is doing. So what’s next, Christian Idol? Now there’s an oxymoron. Let’s look at some of the definitions of the word idol taken from Merriam-Webster;
Idol; a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly : a false god. a likeness of something: pretender, imposter, an object of extreme devotion
An idol is a false god set up by men. A thing or a person to which extreme devotion is given, something or someone who takes the place of the one true God who alone is worthy of that worship.
What does the Bible have to say about idols?
You shall have no other gods before me. "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus 20:3-5
You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars-all the heavenly array-do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshipping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. Deuteronomy 4:15-19
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Matthew 4:10
All human beings have an inherent nature to worship. It is part of us as we were created to worship God and only Him. If we don’t worship Him we will always find something else or someone else to give that worship to and there are those who willingly accept that worship. Satan is more than willing to direct our worship elsewhere and eventually to himself. In North America we are a worship oriented society. It starts at a very young age. Go into any child’s bedroom and you find pictures and posters of their idols. Go to any rock concert and watch the worship that takes place. Go to any Hollywood movie premier and see how the crowds worship the stars as they walk in. I haven’t seen many of these stars turn away that worship either. They seem to bask in it. Some of the most disgusting worship is given to some of the rap stars such as Eminem and 50 Cents. They espouse rape, murder and sodomy and are rewarded for it.
Then there’s the worship of things and riches. It could be a car, it could be a computer or even your bank account. It could be a pet or a cd collection. It could be your wife, husband, kids or somebody else. Think about it. Whatever you spend the most time with or thinking about, that has become your idol. Jesus said in Matthew 6:21; For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. You’ve seen the slogan "He who dies with the most toys wins" When life is over, you will have nothing. You can take none of your possessions with you. Jesus told a parable in Luke 12:16-21; And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ "Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." "But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
Worshipping the things that world has to offer will always leave you unfulfilled. You keep seeking and never find what you are looking for until you come to the place where you put Your Creator first in your life. When you do that, He will provide you with those things that He knows will make you happy in every way. Listen to His promise He gives you. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Forget about idolizing the people and things of this world. They are only imposters. They are not the real thing. They will always let you down. There is only one that you need to worship and that is Jesus Christ. The only one who was ever perfect in every way. He has never let me down and I know without a doubt, He will never let you down either. Get to know Him today and you’re life will never be the same.
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