American Idol

I read chapter 32 of Exodus the other day. It’s the “golden calf” chapter of the Book of Exodus. Moses was up on the mountain for 40 days talking to God. Oh, how I wish I could spend 40 days in the mountains alone, talking to God……Anyway, when Moses came down from the mountain he discovered that the Israelites had fashioned a golden calf and were worshipping it. I have thought in the past, after reading this passage, that we have come a long way from biblical times. We don’t worship golden calves, rocks, or trees. We, as Christians and descendants of the Israelites, no longer worship false idols….or do we?

Upon reflecting on this last reading of Exodus 32, I have come to realize that we do indeed worship idols. It’s just no longer as obvious as making a golden calf and worshipping it. We now, as Americans, worship money, power, and fame. We worship our own bodies through our obsession with our looks. We worship the bodies of others. We worship our technology–our iPhones, Facebook pages, text messages, televisions; and I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else out there. The lure of this world and the things in it is great, and hard to resist.

Fortunately, we don’t need Moses to go to God in reparation for our sins. Christ has paid that price for us. However, that does not give us free reign to do as we wish. We must not worship our money, our bodies, and our possessions. We must not use these gifts to give glory to ourselves. We must use the things of this world to give glory to God. As St. Augustine said, “Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” God has given us a free will to do as we wish with the gifts He has given to us. We must choose to use these gifts to build His Kingdom. If we don’t, God might come down and “smite” us.

Published in: on July 31, 2009 at 7:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

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