Monday, January 11, 2010

Oscar the Calf

I'm editing a book this morning that is a study of the book of Malachi. The author has used passages in Malachi to address certain issues that the larger church doesn't seem to be getting today. It's written by a reformed minister and deals with such issues as (surprise!) predestination, marriage, and now idolatry.

So I'm thinking, regarding yesterday's post: Do I throw around the word idol too loosely? Idols are something that should be put to death. They are scary. In yesterday's post I wrote about an idol of mine, but I didn't make it clear how much I desire to put that idol to death. So I'm saying it now...and continuing to think about idols.

Do we have a healthy enough fear of the idols in our lives, or do we easily forget what a big deal they are and just say, "I have this or that idol" as if it's nothing? I fear I'm in the latter category, heading toward the former...

I find it interesting that Webster's defines the word idol as: "anything on which we set our affections: That to which we indulge in excessive and sinful attachment."


Becky said...

Hey! I'm so glad you're blogging again - I love to hear your thoughts! My poor blog is sorely neglected.
I think idols are scary like tapeworms are scary, not like lions on the prowl are scary. Not something to be treated lightly, exactly, but not something to tremble at.... We all just need a good, frequent dose of parasite medicine walking in this crazy jungle.
1 Cor 8:4b says "We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one."

meggo said...

Thanks, Becky! Like I said on Twitter, you are so awesome.