I had a blog ready to go entitled “So… what do you do?” It was inspired by this article, which I’d still encourage you to check out (it’s pretty good.) And then I was hanging out with High Schoolers the other night and one of the other ‘mentors’ gave a talk about music being an idol in her life before Jesus changed it. She talked about how her musical talent before hand driven her identity, values, time and focus. She challenged the kids to look at what might be idols in their lives (things that took them away from God and towards themselves), encouraging them to think about that in relation to the importance of Christ in their lives.
It was a good message.
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 blind admiration, adoration, or devotion (Webster). It’s pretty strongly warned against all through scripture.
Here’s the point… we all have idols, and even after recognizing and breaking them down, we have the temptation of more idols all the time… things that we wrap our identity in. Things we consume our lives with. Things we determine our path from. But if they’re anything short of being for Jesus, haven’t we somehow missed the point of those gifts or things we love? When used not for ourselves, but for others, and ultimately for God’s glory… that’s when they’re what they were intended to be from the beginning. But not before that.
It’s a thing that takes much contemplation and self-evaluation. Like this song, sometimes it takes “Clearing the Stage” to re-evaluate where we are.
Breaking down idols… never an easy topic, always too personal, painful. One would wonder why you’d even want to go there. I think Galatians 5 sums it up pretty good:
“For freedom has set us free: stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”