Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Idol Schmidol

I have been talking about Christian world view in some of my classes and my university has also been teaching and studying that concept for the past couple of years. My church is going to start a study on Christian world view as well to combat the rampant secularism in both the Church (generally) and in our culture -- and really throughout history. We talked about this section of Scripture tonight from Isaiah 44 and it struck me all over again -- the folly of idolatry. We put things/people/whatever above and before the God of the universe. He created those idols. Besides being evil and prideful -- how stupid and foolish are we to do that?!? We exchange the Truth for a lie. God help us. Isaiah 44:9-20:

9Those who fashion a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame.

10Who has fashioned a god or cast an idol to no profit?

11Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.

12The man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary.

13Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, so that it may sit in a house.

14Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak and raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow.

15Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls down before it.

16Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, "Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire."

17But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, "Deliver me, for you are my god."

18They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.

19No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, "I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals I roast meat and eat it Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!"

20He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"

God seems sarcastic in His disdain for such foolishness. Many (most?) are seriously deluded -- detached from the reality of the God who is there -- waiting, loving, judging us.

I am trying to equip my kids and my students to the Truth and to combat the lie.

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