Exodus 20: 4-5 (NIV)
As I scrolled down my news feeds the other day, I realized how vain and shallow we are becoming. Many of us seem to dress to impress in order to gain some form of acceptance. There seem to be these grand competitions on who has the best body, who’s more successful, or who drives the most pimped out car. Let’s not forget the biggest competitions between the ladies: most fleeked out eyebrows and contouring; best clothing, shoes and makeup; and last but not least, the best quality of Remy hair and lace frontal.
Many of us are becoming so caught up with the things of this world that we sometimes forget why we are here. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look good or having nice things. Trust me, I’m all for it! However, it becomes a problem when we begin to subconsciously idolize these things. If you look at the passage above, it clearly states that we are not to create idols, if you sum it up. Both believers and non-believers seem to have a misunderstanding of what that truly means. We sometimes think that it only applies to actual carved out ‘gods’ that we pray to. However, that’s not the case.
If you read verse 5, it clearly states that we should not worship anything other than God. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Idolatry as: 1. the worship of a physical object as a god; 2. immoderate attachment or devotion to something. It also defines worship as the act of showing respect and love for a god or excessive admiration for someone. Now if we added the words or something to the end of that last definition, I’m pretty sure all of us would be guilty to some degree. I’m sure there is someone or some personal item that we hold a little to close to our hearts to the point that it’s actually scary. Did you ever have an encounter where someone nearly damaged a possession of yours and the first thing that came to your mind was to physically ‘hurt’ them? Don’t you think that’s a bit much? What about when someone speaks ill of a friend, loved one, or your favorite celebrity? Have you ever lashed out on them as if you were going to attack them verbally or physically? I’m sure there was a time when you ditched personal Bible time or a church meeting or event in order to watch your favorite show. Is it really that serious?
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done most if not all of these things. The point I’m trying to make is that we are becoming too attached to the things of this world. We are creating gods without even realizing it. Our purpose on this earth is to bring honor and glory to God in whatever we do. There is nothing wrong with loving fashion, sports, movies etc. God obviously gave us these talents and interests. However, He gave us such talents to share with the world through service; not only for our selfish gains (1 Peter 4:10). He wants us to enjoy the finer things in life (1 Timothy 6:17; Ecclesiastes 5:18-19). We simply need to be careful not to place such things above Him. When you find yourself becoming too attached to something or someone, take a breather. If your shows are getting in the way of your quiet time with God, watch the re-runs or change up your schedule. As we enjoy life, whether through activities, our talents or possessions, let us remember to do it in a manner that is pleasing to God (Colossians 3:17).