“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” –Exodus 20: 5 & 6
As I said yesterday we make idols not through a lack of belief in God, but a lack of faith of God. This happens in the everyday living of our lives (which is worship), but often times it happens in what we specifically as followers of Jesus refer to as “worship” what we do Saturday mornings (or Sunday mornings). We create idols in “worship” when God isn’t enough. What do I mean by this? Worship for many is not successful unless the music was to the standard they desired, or the music was not of the genre they prefer. It is not successful if the speaker they like to listen to isn’t the speaker or if the speaker did not finish by 12 or 12:30. Even if truth, clear and direct truth from scripture was presented if the above were not up to their standard then worship by them would be deemed as not successful. Why because worship has become about what they prefer and not the truth of God’s Word! When this happens idols are created because we are no longer worshiping the Lord, but rather our own desires for worship!