“The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.” (Psalm 135:15-18)
The worship life of an individual is the most essential fact of who he is. This passage reveals that one becomes like the god he serves. Worshippers are wannabes. The worship life of Bible Christians makes them disciples of Jesus Christ. For others it works the same way. They also seek to be like the god of their lives.
Terminology like teen idol, Hollywood idol, American idol, etc. is an unconscious testimony to the continued prevalence of worship, even in those who believe themselves to be too secular, too intelligent, or too advanced to be religious.
The fact is, pursuing things, people, ideas, and ideals as the supreme purpose of life arises out of the worship nature of man. Nothing is more fundamental than this to define who a person really is.
Man was constituted this way because the creative intent was that man should put God in first place and that all life would centre around his relationship to the Lord. Consequently his worshipping nature provides the frame of reference that affects all living.
When it works right, God is put in first place and a life of godliness follows. When it is not, God is refused His rightful place, idols are substituted in one way or another, and man falls prey to sin.
Though the world is full of idols, the common evil of all of them is that they are the choice of the one who in actuality worships himself and wants his own way rather than God’s. The idolater is the person who believes the lie that he can be his own god, and so make his own choices of what to centre his life around.
The original author of this kind of worship life was Satan himself who seduced mankind in the Garden of Eden to go his way. The result is bondage to sin and alienation from God.
The only way to escape and to return to wholeness of being is through the salvation that is in Jesus Christ. When we trust in Him and His saving work through Calvary’s cross we are returned to soundness, worship, and eternal life.
Ian Kurylyk is pastor at Summerside Fundamental Baptist Church.