I used to not think much about idol worship, but I am coming to believe that this may be one of the most detrimental factors in our worship culture today. Certainly we don’t have physical idols that we worship in our Christian churches, but we have things that vie for our attention which, in reality, are our idols. While they may not be as overt as physical objects of worship, they are probably much more dangerous.
Though I have not read the book yet, it looks to be a promising look at modern day idol worship. The author is Kelly Minter, who is also a worship leader and songwriter. She writes:
But what about the false gods that are inherently good? Things like friends, spouses, material possessions? The things that have only become bad because we have made them the “ultimate” things in our lives. In some ways, this feels more common. John Calvin puts it similarly: “The evil in our desire typically does not lie in what we want, but that we want it too much”.
I also love this video. It has great lyrics. Don’t miss the bridge at 3:02. Anything that I put before my God is an idol. Anything that I want with all my heart is an idol. Anything that I can’t stop thinking of is an idol. Anything that I give all my love is an idol. Great challenge.