Respect or Idolatry?

It is easy to be caught up with the world’s mindset. Many times we are easily swayed into thinking like them. For instance, I have known myself to become really excited about a movie coming out, or a particular performer that is coming to my area. To an extent, such happiness is only natural, but sometimes it is inappropriate.  Yes, inappropriate.

The world idolizes people. They glorify individuals as great and magnificent, when really, they are really only men. Perhaps you don’t have an artist or director you idolize, maybe it’s a figure in history, maybe it’s a character in the Bible. Perhaps a certain national or world leader. You think well of them. You have a certain awe for them. You idolize them. You wish you could meet them. Perhaps you think of them so much that you daydream about how awesome it would be to meet them. 

Now, to an extent, that is perfectly appropriate to think well of a person and want to meet them. But far to often I have experienced that in my life and in the lives of others that such thoughts of a person become out of perspective, and sometimes sin. 

God tells us, “There is no respect of persons with God.” (Romans 2:11) God also tells us in the same chapter that He will give everyone according to their works whether they are good or bad.

Out of God’s own mouth we know that He does not hold any certain “awe” for anyone. Whether they were rich or poor, popular or unknown, talented or devoid of talent, they will all stand before God. He will judge them according to what they did with what He gave them.

To be honest, I can’t give you a specific verse that tells you exactly the difference between simple respect and idolatry. I can’t draw the line between a healthy respect for individuals and flat out idolatry. That is for you to find in your own life. I challenge you, ask God to search your heart. Ask Him to teach you what is a right and what is not. You may or may not need to adjust your attitude. However you act or think, I would encourage you to use this simple test. Ask yourself, “In eternity, would I be this excited? When all is said and done, and we stand before God alone, would I think the same of this?” It has helped me, I believe it may help you. 

Let us not be as some who, “worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” – Romans 1:25

Let us adore God alone.


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