Think on these things: The Idols of Marriage and Weddings

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We don’t really relate much to the concept of idolatry in America today. We think of people bowing down to statues and making animal or human sacrifices to wooden/stone/metal statues. Most of us are not remotely tempted to bow down to a ceramic figurine, pray to it, sing praise songs to it or have religious ceremonies trying to seek its favor. The very idea of worshipping a piece of wood, metal or stone seems laughable to most of us – and it is certainly not something we think about doing.

THERE IS IDOLATRY TODAY?

Idolatry is alive and well in our hearts today, too, though!  According to Wes Church, our Bible teacher on Sunday nights at First Baptist Church of Columbia, SC, we are created by God to be worshippers.  The question is not, “Will we worship something?”  but rather, “What/whom will we worship?”  Wes talked about that worship involves placing something/someone in the “place of preeminence” of our lives – the “glory place.”  And he also described that when we worship something, we make sacrifices for that thing/person in order to give them first place.  We give up our time, our money, our efforts, sometimes even our families, careers and health in order to worship that thing.

WHAT DO PEOPLE IN AMERICA WORSHIP OTHER THAN GOD?

We can put almost anything in God’s place in our hearts, sadly.  Wes said, “The human heart is an idol factory.”  We are always coming up with new dreams, schemes, plans and things to idolize and things that we easily slip into God’s special place of worship in our hearts.  And we can definitely have more than one idol at a time.

Some examples of idols people worship today include:

  • power
  • control
  • money
  • career
  • boyfriends
  • husbands
  • children
  • hobbies
  • health
  • beauty
  • weight/thinness
  • clothing
  • material things
  • false religions
  • friendships
  • approval of people
  • popularity
  • fame
  • travel
  • a beautiful house
  • a super nice car
  • jewelry
  • marriage
  • a college degree
  • the earth (environmentalism)
  • creation or created things
  • things that we make ourselves or that people make
  • movie stars/singers
  • drugs
  • alcohol
  • any addiction
  • comfort
  • a human ie: leader, president, boss, famous person
  • the media/computers/email/cell phones/technology
  • Star Wars…. ANYTHING!

None of these things are inherently evil.  Most of them are good things.  The issue is when we make these things the center of our lives, when we replace God with something like this.  God calls this the sin of idolatry – and it is an EXTREMELY big deal to God.

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We don’t really relate much to the concept of idolatry in America today.  We think of people bowing down to statues and making animal or human sacrifices to wooden/stone/metal statues.  Most of us are not remotely tempted to bow down to a ceramic figurine, pray to it, sing praise songs to it or have religious ceremonies trying to seek its favor.  The very idea of worshipping a piece of wood, metal or stone seems laughable to most of us – and it is certainly not something we think about doing.

THERE IS IDOLATRY TODAY?

Idolatry is alive and well in our hearts today, too, though!  According to Wes Church, our Bible teacher on Sunday nights at First Baptist Church of Columbia, SC, we are created by God to be worshippers.  The question is not, “Will we worship something?”  but rather, “What/whom will we worship?”  Wes talked about that worship involves placing something/someone…

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2 thoughts on “Think on these things: The Idols of Marriage and Weddings

  1. There has been some debate about worshipping the Cross especially if it includes a crucified figure.
    Your list includes just about everything that makes life worth living. To be fair you have given us all an escape route since no one will freely admit any of this stuff is at the center of their lives.
    Good thinking!

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