• Jack Selcher

Idol Chatter

If you live in the United States in September 2020, there is almost a 30 percent chance you are experiencing COVID-related depression right now. If you are struggling economically, there is almost a 50 percent chance.1 Where are you looking for hope? Is your deliverer a face mask, adequate ventilation, social distancing, a check from the federal government, a vaccine, your bank account, or a political leader? We must address threats intelligently, but we also need God’s wisdom to explore underlying reasons for our depression. I am suggesting the real problem is that we are trusting untrustworthy substitutes for God to deliver us.

Idolatry is not obvious. It torpedoed and sank Israel’s national ship more than 2,500 years ago. Before you conclude idolatry is irrelevant today, understand that an idol is a replacement for God because we think He is not enough to meet our needs and give us what we want. We recruit other things to protect, fulfill and energize us, to provide joy, satisfaction, and contentment. Behind the scenes, self-satisfaction and doing life our way are our idols. God promises that if we put Him and His purposes first, He will meet our needs (Matthew 6:33) and we will experience a full and meaningful life (John 10:10) that no God-substitute can provide. Are we living like we believe that?

Trusting God’s promises appears risky. It seems safer to depend on political leaders for deliverance and material things for security. It is not. The most common substitute for God is money, a power tool to get what we want. We cannot serve both it and God (Matthew 6:24). Money talks, but it is usually idol chatter. If our defining passion on earth is something other than loving and serving God, we are guilty of idolatry. We are commanded to flee from it (1 Corinthians 10:14). Let’s join with David and declare: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2, NIV). #freechristianleadershipresources #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources

1. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/depression-rates-tripled-pandemic-study/story?id=72724832

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