February 28: Neon GodsSeries: Devotional
February 28: Neon Gods
Leviticus 26–27; John 10:22–42; Song of Solomon 8:10–14
Idolatry seems archaic. Who worships idols anymore?
We all know that in other countries, traditional idol worship of gold and wooden statues still goes on, but we often forget about our own idols. What does all our furniture point toward? Why do we care who is on the cover of a magazine? How do you feel if you miss your favorite talk show? If we’re really honest, what do we spend the majority of our time thinking about?
Idols are everywhere, and most of us are idol worshipers of some kind. When we put this in perspective, suddenly the words of Lev 26 become relevant again. The problem that is addressed in Leviticus is the same problem we’re dealing with today.
Leviticus 26 and its harsh words against idolatry should prompt each of us to ask, “What are my idols?” and then to answer with, “I will end my idolatry.” And if the temptation is too great with these things present in our lives (like the tv), we should say, “I will exile them from my home and presence.” Is this extreme? Jesus commanded us that if our eye or hand cause us to stumble to pluck out the eye and cut off the hand. (Matthew 5:29) If Jesus felt this way towards removing the body parts that cause us to sin, then one can only imagine how extreme God is when He tells us to put away our idols.
It’s not put in these terms often enough, but it should be. The “noise” of idols is keeping us away from God, and even more so, our worship of the noise is doing so. Likewise, our obsession with possessions and celebrities is standing between God and us.
In their song “The Sound of Silence,” Simon and Garfunkel described the same situation in modern culture: “The people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made.”
What neon god are you worshiping? And what are you going to do about it?