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Grinding the Golden Calf

Preaching God as great destroys the idol of seeing him as small.

" Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. " (Jonah 2:8)

Preaching against idolatry is not what it used to be.

Idolatry isn't less of a problem today than it was in the Old Testament days of gilt godlets, when prophets could rail at the worshippers of Baal and Molech, because sin and sinners don't change that much. Of course, there are still idolaters today of the first magnitude — the modern pagans who really do worship gods who will swallow up their children. But we rarely preach to them. Most of the time we speak to people who believe in the true God and who confess salvation through Christ. We're hard pressed to consider them Idolaters with a capital I.

Nonetheless, when idolatry comes up in our texts, we carefully string yellow " crime scene " tape around the ordinary-looking idolatry that just seems to be " culture. " We try to show TV and credit cards as today's household gods, and workaholism and consumerism as ...

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