Updated: Aug 21
Have you guys ever heard of Buddha? Hindu Gods?
Not one of them at all?
Well, you probably (most definitely) have heard about Mary, the mother of sweet Jesus Christ. . . right?
Did you know that there are churches that actually worship her? Idolise her for being the mother of Christ?
It might sound inoffensive but we only worship God, not His mother and that was a huge slap for me when I was still in a Catholic church, praying to her and crying for help in her.
I didn’t know better but now I do.
Back in old times, way older times than now, it was easy to spot idolatry since it was usually physical like the worship of the Buddha Statue or some statues I would see in my former Catholic Church.
Nowadays, idolatry still strikes with a mighty fist, it’s just that many might not actually recognise it when it strikes and just brush it off.
Idolatry isn’t just the worshipping of statues and images; it’s pretty much placing anything/anyone on a higher priority or more valuable position than God, in our daily lives.
I will admit, now that I see it, I have been idolising some of my hobbies and just telling myself that I could always talk to God later, once I was done with whatever I was done with.
"You know what? Lemme just finish this and I will get back to God,"
I don't know about you, but for me, that doesn't sound quite right.
You may not idolise statues and images, but what about those celebrities that you are pretty much stalking, that TV show that when it airs you just have to watch it, or that thing that seems to take more of your time than God?
I admit that I have been idolising my hobbies a lot, sort of placing them above God and missing out on our friendly encounters where I pretty much end up emotional.
I love those moments with God. Those moments when I can be 100% vulnerable and cry in front of Him, rant and so much more.
Those moments when I can sit in His presence and suddenly think to myself about something extraordinary that miraculously presents a solution to my problems.
Now I feel guilty just knowing that I have been killing those moments with Him because I feel like I should focus more on my art and writing skills.
In my mind, I have this image of my best friend coming to me to nurture our relationship but, I'm just here minding my own business and always pinning for a raincheck.
Just imagining that hurts because I wouldn't be up for a relationship whereby the person doesn't really prioritise me at all and every advance I make to be with them, they push it back to the end of their "catch up later" list.
That's how I feel it's like. Like the only person that actually died for me, would do anything for me and gives me all and just asks me to be close to Him every day, is the same person I've been oblivious to.
That ain't right.
God deserves to be our top priority every day.
Bottom line is, we need to set our priorities straight and no matter the order of them, God on top of all whenever and wherever.
“You shall have no other gods before Me."
“You shall not make for yourself any idol, or any likeness (form, manifestation) of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth [as an object to worship]. You shall not worship them nor serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous (impassioned) God [ demanding what is rightfully and uniquely mine], visiting (avenging) the iniquity (sin, guilt) of the fathers on the children [that is, calling the children to account for the sins of their fathers], to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing graciousness and steadfast lovingkindness to thousands [of generations] of those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
— Exodus 20:3-6 AMP
Let’s see this for a second. When we are prioritising everything else above God, we are pretty much saying that those things are more important than Him, right?
Is your career more important than God who wakes you up every morning and secures you at night?
Are your hobbies or shows more important than the One who gave you life?
Just because we aren’t bowing before those, and many other things, it doesn’t mean that we are not idolising them.
How to watch out for it?
Here are a few tips, some that I have been embracing, to keep me away from the sneaky idols of this world :
Fall in love with God on a daily basis - I'm not telling you to just love Him (do that, though) but to actually fall in love with Him.
Watch out for the things you deem crucially important (*cough* phones, appearance, success *cough*). Those could be hidden idols in your heart.
PRAY! When you feel like you are cheating on God (placing other things above Him), pray that your heart may be filled with His grace and love. Pray to keep your love story strong and the idols away.
Additional content to help you out
4 Questions You NEED To Ask (To Identify The Idols You Worship) (Article) - This article will help you identify the true idols in your heart.
What is idolatry? (Article) - ding, ding, ding! It's Desiring God again and this time bringing to you a more in-depth understanding of what idolatry is.
One more thing:
List the things you find the most important in your life then ask yourself how you feel when you don't have those things? If you feel bad, if you feel anxious, irritated, restless, it might be because those have become idols in your heart.
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