Idols and Idol Worship

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” –Jonah 2:8 (NIV)

We always end up worshipping the wrong things. When one thinks of idol worship, the first thought that comes to mind is that it is something only common to Eastern or African cultures where they bow down before man-made statues or images. But the truth is, idol worship is a very universal human activity. All men have been created with a desire to worship something. However, because of fallen human nature, they grope at anything to satisfy their desire to worship. How many people in so called “non-idoleterous” societies worship money, success, and relationships? Even Christians fall into this trap. Putting the local pastor on a pedestal or placing the busyness of Christian ministry over a relationship with God is also considered idolatry and is sadly far too common. Anything that takes you away from God is considered idolatry, no matter how good or pure the thing is in of itself.

Why do humans invest all their faith and time in things which are transient? Perhaps it is because human beings, in their finite understanding, can only grasp and comprehend what’s in front of them. There is a false sense of certainty in tangibility, even if the tangible is destined to perish at some point. Thus, people often end up feeling unsatisfied after their idol is crushed and turn to another tangible idol to regain their satisfaction, never learning that everything in this world is fleeting. Thus it makes more logical sense to place one’s faith and energy into something that will remain constant and eternal. The pursuit of Christ will be the most satisfying pursuit one will ever undertake, that is if one is truly open and willing to submit Himself before Christ.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.