The first commandment given to Moses from God is You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. (Exodus 20:3-4)
So this seems like a pretty simple thing to follow, and as a kid i thought it was... i thought it meant that i couldn't worship many gods like the Romans did or the Greeks did. so i though i was clear with no problem, but that wasn't really the case.
In this day in age we are no different that the greeks, romans, or native americans in worshipping many gods. we still worship multiple things just like they did. sin is sin. the only difference is that they gave individual names to things. they worshipped the god of wine...do many of us not worship at the feet of Jack Daniels? they worshipped the gods of sex....how much money and resources do people spend each day towards pornography?
As i said earlier i once thought that idolatry never affected me, but the more i grow as a Christian i learn how much of an idol worshipper i was and in some cases still am. This saturday 86,000 people will pour into auburn to watch a football game that has no eternal value. there will be several of these events going on around the country every saturday through the end of this year, and you have to ask yourself What are we worshipping? Where is our time and money being spent?
Now there is nothing wrong with going to a football game on saturday...and there is nothing wrong with watching it every weekend. But i ask you next time you are sitting in those stands or laying on your couch eating chips and dip...ask yourself...what are the desires of my heart? Do i crave God like i crave college football. and this is something that i battle with all the time...even right now writing this blog as i look forward to the upcoming season.
God sent his son Jesus Christ to the earth to die and atone for our sins so that it may be possible to be saved by God for eternity. So as this football season goes on...or whatever it is you think you spend to much time replacing God with....remember the reason for your life. remember to worship the creator and not the creator.
1st Corinthians 9:25-27 says this--25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.