Idols in the 21st Century

My text is a difficult one today.  Ezekiel 23:30.  I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.

This chapter has to do with the children of Israel.  They had gotten away from worshipping God and had started worshipping the same gods of the heathen.  God gave them clear and strict warning about this over and over but they didn’t take heed.  They got so far gone that God likened them to a whorish woman that was out of control and living worst than the heathen.  As a result, they ended up in captivity for 70 years.

You might not think this has anything to do with us today, but it does.  Christians are so out of touch with God that even though they may go to church and go through the daily routine of being a Christian many or perhaps most Christians are idolaters.

How so?  Christians today have all kinds of idols and other gods.  Gods are those things that we spend time with, love, and live for, and can’t live without.

Now in my 6os, I hav’e seen some major changes in Christians over the years.

TVs, Hi-Fi stereos, cassette recorders and reel to reel tape recorders were the first things that I saw that actually became gods to many.

Then it was the VCRs.  Everyone just had to have one and at first they were expensive.  Seven to twelve hundred dollars!  For those that don’t know what they are, they were video tape recorders. We now have DVRs as a replacement.

Then the CD players.  Everyone just had to have one of them.

Then came the computers.  It started out with only a few that had one in their home and now you almost have to have one and if you go to school, computers are part of the classroom.  It’s no longer a notebook and a pencil, but computers have replaced them.  And because of them, many folks haven’t learned to write.

Then MP3 players, E-notebooks, I-Pads and I-Pods, etc.

Now the biggest idol to most, even Christians, is the phone, and it has to have a computer on it with texting capabilities.  Most have cameras and video capabilities as well.  When I go out in the public I see people obsessed with them.  They can’t eat or drive without them.  They hold up food lines, traffic, and even cause accidents because their gods.  It’s sad that they are so focused on these gods that they are costing employers millions of dollars and many lives are lost because of them.

I see Christians during church services texting and looking at their true gods. It sad when during the announcements you have to ask folks to turn their phones on silent mode or off before the service.

It is true we today have idols.  They come first.  We can’t operate or get along without them. They part of our lives.  That’s really the way it should be with Jesus.

But the idolatry goes on, even in the 21st century. Sports, sex, money, drugs, alcohol, and all sorts of electronic gadgets are idols and other gods.

May the Lord Jesus Christ take first place in your life.

 

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