“Do not make idols or set up statues, stone pillars, or carved stones to worship. I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 26:1 (GNT)
Last month I was down in Washington, D.C. for a conference and was reading Leviticus in my hotel room one night. After I finished reading, I turned on the TV and saw quite a scene. A certain celebrity had just been released from jail and there was a frenzy on the screen. Reporters scrambling to get near the celebrity, cameramen jockeying for position, photographers snapping away, fans falling down to get a glimpse. I just watched and shook my head and thought how terribly misguided it all was. And for what ?
Many of the kings in Kings 1 & 2 of the Old Testament were also terribly misguided. Putting David and Solomon aside for a moment, with the notable exceptions of Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, and Josiah, the majority of kings during this time period condoned pagan places of worship and false idols and basically led their people downward into sin. And over and over again, their actions had grave consequences.
I’m not sure how well I’ve put together this analogy, but I’ve been thinking of this comparison a lot over the last month or so. The Bible gives many examples of how difficult life can be when you make someone, or something, other than God your top priority. I firmly believe that the time spent following, or worshipping, these celebrities and other false idols needs to be channeled elsewhere. And it needs to start first with God.
In my case, I just turned off the TV and went back to reading my Bible.