According to Wikipedia, an idol is an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed or any person or thing regarded with admiration, adoration, or devotion.
When we think of the word idol, we often think of statues and objects worshipped by pagans in ancient cultures. Because 21st century idols often bear no resemblance to the artifacts used thousands of years ago, they’re often not quite so easily identified. One might even be tempted to think we don’t really have them and therefore, aren’t in danger of breaking the very first commandment (Exodus 20:3).
We’ve replaced the golden calf with a sneakier, more covert version; self. Self-indulgence, self-protection, self-love, self-seeking, self-absorbed, etc.
In fact, an idol can be anything that tugs on our heart more than God does.
In her book Love Idol, Jennifer Lee quotes Timothy Keller in saying, “An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, ‘if I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.’”
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