August 27, Dangers of Idolatry
Today’s reading: Psalms 131-135
“The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them”
- Psalm 135:15-18.
One of the many problems with idolatry is that it dehumanizes the worshiper. According to today’s passage, those who worship idols become like those idols. They cannot speak, see, or hear spiritual things apart from those that idolatry imparts to them. Idols can be either external or internal, physical or mental, animate or inanimate. Paul wrote to the Corinthians and advised them how to deal with idolatry:
What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate,” says the Lord. “Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:15-17).
Check your heart to see if anything or anyone has taken a place in your life that is hindering your walk with the Lord and your ability to comprehend your real spirituality in Christ.