By: Emily Lehner
When I think of idolatry, I think of a gold statue of a king, and I know for certain that I am not bowing down to one of those everyday. So, why should I become concerned with idolatry?
The truth is that idolatry comes in many different forms than we realize, and idolatry can go unseen for quite awhile before we realize how we practice it.
In my life and the lives of my loved ones, I have seen multiple examples of idolatry. It usually revolves around a love for money — a desire to have more and spend more money. We take the value of money for granted. There is a balance between letting something consume your life and using something out of gratefulness.
There are many things that we are called to be good stewards of. 1 Peter 4 states,
“As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.”
I encourage you to look into your life and decide what is removing you from or prohibiting your worship with Christ. Whether it be money, work, your kids or your spouse, we must be cautious not to place one above our relationship with Christ.
Written by Emily Lehner, a writer for the Alumni Center and a sophomore Writing major at IWU. She is active on the cross country and track teams. She is passionate about using her writing skills to share the good news of Christ with others and writes often on her personal blog at www.emilylehner.wordpress.com.