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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Idolization



Kim Jung Eun, a 28-year old North Korea’s Supreme Leader is welcomed and surrounded by crying female soldiers when he visited them.

 
Idolization can be dangerous, especially when it’s directed toward something that pulls us away from God. It creates a false sense of dependency and places an irrational and unnatural emphasis on the person, place or thing that is being idolized.

When we abandon our trust in the Lord and instead allow our attention to be directed toward someone or something else, we are in a sense opening ourselves up to the Devil because we are turning from God. It’s not as if we do this intentionally or for the purpose of dismissing God. But by the mere act of deciding that someone or something else is so deserving of our admiration, time and attention to the extent that it takes away from our worship of the Lord, then it stands to reason that our grip on reality will be loosened; that in turn causes unhealthy distractions and abnormal hero worship.

Idolization Is Unhealthy and Abnormal

It is mentioned throughout the Bible in several places how idolization is wrong and even in some instances, a sin. The following passages speak of it. The first passage is from the Old Testament and the second passage is from the New Testament. But the message is the same:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” (Exodus 20: 2-4)

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 22: 14-15)

There are so many ways in which we can get caught up in idolization. Some people worship money or the stock market, others are addicted to alcohol, drugs or pornography. Some abuse the gifts of technology and others get caught up in hero worship of people, such as celebrities. Even if the original intention isn’t to fall prey to addictive behavior, the end result can often lead to unhealthy and abnormal attraction.

Retrieved from http://therosarytrail.com/idolization/ partially 09/05/2012

Lord Jesus, we will worship the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit Only from here to eternity. Amen.

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