Deuteronomy 4:28,29 “There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

     Idolatry is the natural inclination of a carnal man.   We all have the urge to worship.  Left to our own devices we’ll make gods that are agreeable with our own wants.  These fake gods can’t see, hear, eat or smell because they are made in our own image and so reflect what we see, hear, eat and smell.  When you talk to yourself in the mirror, your image’s mouth moves but you’re the one that does the talking not the image.  You hear words but you’re really just talking to yourself!

     How do you know when you’re following a false god?  You’re fooled.  You chase your own ‘tail’ running around in circles.   You’re boxed in, not able to enjoy life because your worship conforms you to what you idolize until your senses are so dimmed and dulled you walk a living death.  Your idol, once so sweet and so much like yourself, becomes a harsh and indifferent master conforming you to its comfort and your torment.  Scripture tells us to; “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” (Colossians 3:5,6)

     Idolatry rushes into the spiritual void when God is abandoned by people:  “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)  If you believe in nothing you are apt to believe in everything and anything.

     Isn’t this our story today?  So many people smartly insisting there is no God or that God is just a figment of our silly imagination.  The new priests of unholiness spread their gospel; “Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.” (Christopher Hitchens)

     Paul knew the social outcome of God hating unholiness; “. . . just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:28-32) Welcome to our world!

     There is way out of the pit!  In this world of the lost we can still seek and search for God.  The reward for perseverance is that He will come;  “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)  The only thing holding us back is pride!

     Thankfully, the Bible describes the heart of our Father in Heaven.    Scripture shows that for those of us  like the Prodigal son  (Luke 15:17-20) who wake up to our pitiful situation,  He will welcome us  back with open arms; “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)

     Praise the Lord!