Modern Day Idolatry


Jonah 2:8

“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.”

I daresay we have more idols in our culture today than the nations who opposed the Israelites. Consider our preoccupation with stuff. Everything we have must be the newest model or the latest fashion. We are obsessed with having everything our neighbor has, even if it means going into serious debt. We want so much new stuff we have no place to put the old stuff. And then there are the things we want to do – all sorts of leisure activities. We also tend to “worship” celebrities rather than God.

Idolatry is all about putting ourselves first, in direct opposition to the teachings of The Bible.

  • When we put ourselves first, we are saying that we are more important than God. (Luke 10:27, Deuteronomy 10:12)
  • When we put ourselves first, we are not caring for others. (Matthew 20:26-27)
  • When we put ourselves first, we are not trusting God to take care of us. (Matthew 6:27-29)

God has planned His best for us. Our plans can only be second best. When I realize I have given up God’s best, in pursuit of my own plans, I am ashamed. I want to repent and find my way back into a right relationship with Him.

Set aside all the stuff this world offers and reach for the only stuff that matters – the riches provided by our gracious Lord, Jesus Christ. He promises to care for us!

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


Blessings on your day.



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4 thoughts on “Modern Day Idolatry

  1. There is so much idolatry today it is mind boggling. It’s not just materialism, or celebrity worship…it is in politics…looking to government rather than Almighty God to help us. It is in all the holidays, whether they profess to be Christian or not. I think Isaiah 30 says it well…“Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit,That they may add sin to sin.”
    God’s laws never change no matter how man changes law.
    His judgements do not change either.
    Isaiah goes on to say, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
    Jesus is our rest…our strength.
    But the end of that verse is…”But you would not.” And it is the same today.
    Oh, that we could just be content with our heavenly Father…His plan for us…His ways. Man has changed all the times and seasons of God. We have named the days of the week and the months after pagan Idols. We have changed all the feasts days to pagan times and feasts.
    It goes on and on…
    “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

  2. I am ashamed to recount the times I allowed idols in my life. Thanks for the reminder who really deserves praise.
    FYI, I’m in chapter 4 in our study in James.
    A Servant

    • I just started a study on the book of Daniel. The situation Daniel was placed in was full of idolatry. It’s amazing he was able to resist it. Glad he did, he gave us an amazing book of the Bible.
      I hope you are enjoying your study of James.
      Blessings on your day.


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