…”’An idol has no real existence,’ and that ‘there is no God but one’. For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth-as indeed there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’ – yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things, and for whom we exist.” 1 Corinthians 8:4-6
If I had not put the scripture reference next to the words above you would just assume that they were words written by me. Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth, made it very clear to the believers that any god or lord over and around them is fake. These same words I would say to you.
There is no genuine, authentic deity in them. They are man’s imaginable idea of God. Often they were a lucrative opportunity for a person or group of people. What is sad to me is that this scripture is still relevant today. The world has allowed so many gods and lords to take the place of the one true God. For example, who is Mother Nature? A replacement for the one true God that makes His sunrise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45) The Stork? Easter Bunny? Father Time? Santa Clause? I know I am picking on your childhood memories and mine as well. Can you see where the world wants us to put our focus on these characters or idols so that our focus is removed from the one true God?
Idols are not just characters with names. Idols can be anything or anyone that precedes or takes the place of God. When we give all our time and energy, when we give our passion and possessions to the idols of this world, we are worshipping them. God gets the leftovers or nothing at all from us. God is put in the closet for safekeeping. We treat God as if he is a vending machine expecting Him to dispense at our demand. We may seek Him only when the gods of this world are not meeting or fulfilling our expectations.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).
What fake God have you placed before the one true God?
How is it working for you?