Idol Worship: Unlikely Culprits That May Be Idols In Your Life
It is very unlikely for any true Christian to deliberately engage in idol worship. Yes, we may not be bowing down to a false god, or having ritual ceremonies to offer up sacrifices, but that does not automatically put us in the clear against idol worshipping.
An idol can be anything we put before God in our lives. This means that anything and anyone can become a candidate to be exalted to an idol if we are not careful enough (even the most godliest, innocent things). Here are three unlikely culprits that you may be allowing to take the place of God in your life.
- Self- The most sly and dangerous of them all! Putting your desires and the desires of your flesh above what God wants, is a form of self idolatry. Think about it: all sin is rooted in selfishness. When you choose to sin, instead of caring about pleasing God, you are only worried about pleasing yourself. Are you more worthy than God? Are you of greater importance than He? By indulging in sin, you are constantly elevating yourself at a higher importance than God.
Apart from sinning, another way we can allow self to become your idol, is when you become too concerned with our image and reputation.