1.the religious worship of idols.
2.excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc.
I'm currently doing an inventory of my life (it's a perennial act, actually): What I need, want, my concerns, my idiosyncrasies, my mistakes, my stengths, etc. I really have no time or the capacity to point fingers at anyone else. I have a pile over here that I can't see past. I've accumulated a lot of junk and it feels as though I am constantly decluttering.
Okay, so what's with the definition at the beginning of this post, you ask? I've been chastised on the subject of Idolatry (this is in the pile of those things I've accumulated). Yes, I'm guilty of some form of idolatry, not intentional because I love Jesus and am an ardent Christian, however, I'm human. I can easily get caught up in what I'm passionate about. My idols are not giant man made golden statues on wooden wheels with torches, my idols are of the modern day sphere: fashion, book reading, television consumption, social media, and my hobby of modeling. I'm not proud of this but I have to be transparent, and I'm terribly sore from the chastisement, so bear with me, this will hopefully all make sense by the end of this post.
Idol: any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or
I love fashion, after all, I'm a fashion model. That duo fused together is lethal. There have been many times where I would neglect my spiritual duties for a modeling gig. I know, shame on me. It's all good until it comes before God. And, I'm a fervent book reader, but when I fail to set aside time to read the Holy book and draw closer to my heavenly father, those other books I devote time to have become an idol. Those are the areas I personally struggle in, however, there are so many other various forms of modern day idols & idolatry.
Other forms of idols/idolatry:
God, help us all.
Side note: God knows us from the inside out, every intricate, tiny detail; from the top of our heads, to the soles of our feet. Who/what can compete with him?
If we are to escape modern idolatry, we have to admit that it is rampant and reject it in all its forms. It is not of God, but of Satan, and in it we will never find fulfillment. If God is escorted to the back of one's life while
an object or person is escorted to the front, on the Red carpet, caught up in all of the spotlights and cameras, enthroned by GLORIFICATION, this is completely out of order. It's an insult. Every thing and person has a place, and it's not in front of THE King.
It's okay to enjoy the things we possess (God encourages that - Exodus 5:18-20), as long as they don't begin to possess us. It's okay to enjoy a hobby, as long as that hobby doesn't rip us from complete devotion to God. And, It's also okay to admire/love a person, but once that person becomes the center of one's world, and the receiver of all attention and time, which is snatched away from what is rightfully God's, it is IDOLATRY, point blank period. Oh, the shame.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me."
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
5 "You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,..."
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