Idolatry, idol worship doesn’t sound good, but what is a modern day idol anyway? Do you know specifically what idols are like today in 2021?
Webster’s online dictionary defines an idol two ways.
- An object of extreme devotion
- A representation or symbol of an object of worship
You can read all about the dangers of idolatry and idol worship in the Bible.
- The Golden Calf
Are just a few of the many false gods mentioned throughout the Bible.
Furthermore, most of these false gods were made from wood, yet peoples from all over would bow down to them.
You laugh and say, how can someone worship a piece of handcrafted wood?
Satan has a way of pecking away at you, getting you to do crazy things until he wins your soul.
What Idols Are Today: Food
Yes, food can become an idol, a false god.
Some years ago, I weighed over 310 pounds.
Not ideal for a 5’9″ frame.
No real friends at the time, consumed by many of the modern day idols we will list below.
I saw food as a replacement for things missing from my life.
You look to food to improve your mood, replace time with your family or improving your days.
Moreover, when food becomes more important than your relationship with God, food has become one of your false gods!
Happy to say, that is all a thing of the past, lost the weight and now God is where He deserves to be.
Number One in my life.
Modern Day Idols You Can Take Anywhere
When you spend time in excess, watching television programs or movies or a great many hours each day on your smart phone you have crossed over into idol worship.
TV addiction is a powerful modern day idol of many souls across the face of the earth.
The reasons vary, the end result is the same.
Taking your smartphone everywhere with you will be hazardous to your health!
You were created to know your life calling, your reason for living.
As a result, you need to spend LESS time with your electronic devices so that they do not lead you to idolatry.
When you do that, you are able to enjoy a favorite television program or movie by yourself or with your family and friends.
You control your smartphone use and it can prove to be a useful tool in the way you communicate around the world.
TV and Smartphone’s Ugly Cousins
The worldwide web is alluring.
An answer for every question.
Though they may be baseless in fact.
Fake news has been around for a few years.
Lust, leads to sex addiction which leads to the viewing of pornography.
All are sin and sin separates us from Holy God.
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According to a study done last year, the average person spends about six and a half hours each day on the internet.
24 hours in a day.
7 hours for sleep.
8 hours for work.
3 hours for meals, hygiene, travel, errands.
You are already at a disadvantage if you are the average person.
But wait, my job requires me to be on the internet all day!
What Idols Are Today: Job and Career
“Who are you?”
“I am a computer technician” he says.
“No, what I mean is what is your identity, tell me about you and what your why is.”
In most cases your job is what you give your time to in exchange for compensation, money.
When you leave it there, a simple exchange, time for money.
You are on your way to building something everyone wants.
Our friend in the photo above looks overworked, most likely underpaid, spends excessive time at his job, countless hours working to make someone else rich.
As a result, he has fallen into idol worship, because he cannot stop doing this.
Obsession about future outcomes.
I understand how worry creeps into the mind.
Need money to live and pay the bills.
This job is all I am and all I know.
I empathize with anyone who experiences worry.
Worry when unleashed is self-torture.
All that said, worry is a wasted emotion.
I am nothing, compared to Him, The One, who tells us that worry serves no purpose.
Matthew 6:25-34; “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
And why are you anxious about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
End of story.
What Idols Are Today: Entertainment
“I have been to every one of their concerts this past year!”
For years I was afforded free tickets to any live concert my heart desired to see.
Even back then, I knew that accepting every offer of free tickets just so I could see every concert and hang out backstage with the performers was NOT the road to travel down.
Some people buy season tickets to every game for their favorite sports team.
A bad thing, when you feel you must attend every single game because your favorite team needs you there.
Moreover, because you’d rather be there enjoying that lifestyle as opposed to doing something that will positively impact yourself, your family or others.
This message is not about judging others or shaming anyone for enjoying a live concert or a sporting event.
Those can be some of life’s great things when experienced in moderation.
Great way to socialize and enjoy fellowship with others when you attend the right concert or the right sporting event.
That said, they can become modern day idols when you feel the desire to label them of high importance in your life.
We live in a fallen world filled with temptation, desire and things that can pull us away from God if we allow them to.
Fame And The V.I.P. Life
Your moment in the spotlight.
Awards shows, people bragging about their achievements on social media.
Living the V.I.P. life.
The party after the party.
Everybody needs love.
This is why God created us all.
Because God is Love.
Fame, loving the spotlight is idolatry and hanging around that limelight turns into idol worship.
Which leads me to another rising modern day idol.
What Idols Are Today: Self
“I’m the man! Haven’t you heard, I am great.”
Guy says, “Everything. Ask anybody. You know it’s true.”
Award Show Time!
And the award for Person Most Loved This Year, goes to.
The acceptance speech.
“What can I say. I’m speechless. Well, not really. I would like to thank myself for making me the man I am today.”
Love of self is idolatry.
To avoid the second death, self must die.
Philippians 1:21; “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Worship Of Other People
Looking up to people as role models is one thing.
Wanting to be exactly like them, know everything about them, be where they are all the time, obsessed with their every move, is another!
THAT is idolatry.
Enjoy the movie or television show featuring your favorite actor, the person who sings your favorite song or songs, the persons who achieve great things on the sport fields of battle.
Admire their achievements and know that you can also achieve great things and become the person that God wants you to be!
Focus on that and do not allow people to become your false gods.
What Is An Idol: Power
I am the King of the World!
Forgive the Titanic movie reference.
Obsession of power leads to idolatry.
- Working to become the best there ever was at any cost
- Ignoring the feelings and dreams of others
- Crushing your competition at every turn
- Person with the most money at the end wins mentality
Success is a good thing.
Not at the expense of other people however.
God allowed me to become very successful in my former life in the world of broadcast media.
My attitude was win at all costs.
That’s where food became my friend because no one wanted to be around me due to my obsessions’ with power and winning.
One day a calm came over me.
And I remembered that all you have, is what you go home to at the end of every day.
Idol worship is sin because anything that takes you away from Jesus Christ is sin.
Bad things these idols, wrapped in alluring packages they are.
Keep your Bible by your side, God’s Word is your most powerful weapon again evil.
In summary, an idol is anything that you spend an excessive amount of time doing and or obsessing about.
Idolatry is dangerous!
It is on a mission to take you away and separate you from what you need to be focusing on.
Idol worship pulls you away from matters most, your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Building a strong faith happens over time, remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint.
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Psalm 102:18; “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.”
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