Be Careful in Choosing a ‘Hero’

<strong>Be Careful in Choosing a ‘Hero’</strong>

What is an IDOL?  It is a graven image; a statue; or an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.  It can even be a person we’ve made into a hero.

We human beings can turn almost anything into an object of worship!  It can be anything from a famous basketball star hero to a treasured car to an appointment calendar that we decide is untouchable—even sacred.

But our God has a lot to say about idols in the Word, and we would do well to heed His words. 

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.  (Jonah 1:8 KJV) 

Vanities are vain things—things that deceive [mislead, betray, trick, or dupe].  Idols fulfill this definition.  Anything that we trust in place of or instead of God can be considered a lying vanity.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the Lord.  (Ps 31:6 NIV) 

This Bible verse calls idols ‘worthless.’  Since idols are empty, hollow, and pointless, this is an accurate adjective.

But they are altogether stupid and foolish; the instruction from idols is nothing but wood!  (Jer 10:8 NASB) 

As this Scripture says, the only ‘instruction’ a person can receive from an idol is a contemplation of wood.

“What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies?  For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!  19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach?  Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.  20 But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.”  (Hab 2:18-20 ESV) 

Since idols are made by human hands out of wood or stone, and often decorated with gold and silver, it is obvious to recognize it as an unresponsive object with no life in it.  However, our God is alive; and He (alone) can impart life—even eternal life.  Glory to God.

Value your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as the most important relationship in your life, and you will avoid some of the traps that the enemy tries to set before believers.  God bless you.

What Are Idols?

What Are Idols?

You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you.  (Deu 6:14)

Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.  (Deu 8:19)

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.  (1 Joh 5:21)

What is an idol?  An idol can be a statue, a god or deity, a symbol, a hero, or an obsession.  Hollywood and movie industry stars can be idols for people, as can a certain model of a car, or a favorite brand of watch or any number of other things.

The key is, what is the most important thing in life to you?  What do you talk about the most?  What do you think about and dream of daily?  Around what are your goals centered?  Are you determined to achieve riches and fame?  Influence?  Do you dream of becoming a political influencer? 

Any of these things, and more, can become idols in a person’s life.  But God’s Word warns us strongly to stay away from these things.  Therefore, we need to take stock of our thoughts and to acknowledge what we value in our hearts. 

A follower of Jesus would value their relationship with their Savior more highly than any other thing in their lives.  Equally, Jesus’ followers would highly value the Word of God.  And of course, we also choose to honor and to consistently obey the teachings of the Bible. 

We may each joyfully pursue our relationship with our Lord, and endeavor to mature in faith in our Redeemer.  Life is all about Him—not about us.  Our true hero is Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Glory to God!