I’ve been reading in Isaiah recently and have been freshly reminded of God’s hatred for idols and his passion for his own glory:
Is. 43:11 I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.
Is. 44:6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.
Is. 45:21 Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me.
Idols deceive us. Idols defile us. Idols eventually destroy us. Because they claim to be able to give what only God can give us – joy, peace, satisfaction, and life.
Cam Huxford from the Mars Hill Downtown Seattle campus recently put together a powerful video that describes how idolatry has played out in his life as a worship musician. It’s called “How to Build a God,” and is a great meditation for every Christian musician. Here’s his intro:
The heart of man is proud. We find created things to worship rather than the Creator God.
We make good things into god things. We build idols for ourselves that prove to be ridiculous.
Here’s my story of such foolishness. Check out the video below.