Last week I addressed the question “is Jesus an idol?” In last week’s we concluded that he is not. This week I would like to speak from the viewpoint that would make Jesus an idol. In a previous post I used the generic definition of idol to expound on and expose idolatry in our culture. I think today it is best to reference Scripture Exodus 20:2-4
God asserts that He is the Lord (personal) God then lists short examples of his deity. In verse three God make a declaration that because of His specific undeniable intervention in your life you are not to make the mistake of worshiping anything other than Himself. God continues to detail and outline what He (God) means. God says for mankind not to make an image of anything visible in Heaven or Earth for the purposes of serving or worship. The act of setting anything created in a position to receive glory and honor due to God alone. So to recap anything made by man tangible or not is not to be worshiped. Or to put it even simpler we are to worship nothing that is created. So back to the question for this post is Jesus an idol? I’d have to say yes but before you unsubscribe let me clarify. I’m about to speak about who some call Jesus and not who I called Jesus but who some call Jesus.
This group of people is a lot broader than I will be able to address at this time prayerfully you will get the gist. Much of the modern world today considered as western civilization has its roots in Greek and Roman culture. Let’s look at the book of Romans originally written in Greek to address the culture of the new Gentile converts of that region. I suggest that you read at least chapter one to derive the context in which this text is written. Romans 1 verses 18-19 speaks to this time (today) from way back then even until now these same attitudes and actions continue. (Verse 18) The wrath of God is revealed against ALL ungodliness and unrighteousness. This means we ALL know that there’s something that we must do to establish and maintain right relationship with God. Verse 19 says plainly that the ungodliness unrighteousness in us all is apparent not only to God but that God makes it apparent to us as well, leaving none with excuse. Through verse 21 we understand that God reveals himself to everyone in a manner they can perceive. Some however have decided not to acknowledge or glorify Him as God. They don’t appreciate God for the countless blessings experienced daily. The bible says that these people in the exaltation of self (through Intellect, Art, Philosophy, other forms of self-expression etc) began to take what the unseen God created and set that up as a god to be worshiped. This angered God so much that He in essence says to those people “fine do whatever your vain heart desires”. The enemy of our soul has been since the Garden of Eden trying to get mankind to live life on their terms contrary to God.
So you may thinking what does all this have to do with the topic “is Jesus an idol? Well just to say it plainly many have erected an idea of Jesus contrary to the bible. With the LGBT movement being so in your face, many people have now become sympathetic to their cry to be accepted. We can forget that this state of mind is based in idolatry and direct rebellion against God.
So today you find Christian organizations that claim to be Christ centered but the pastor is a practicing homosexual! The same Jesus that they say never spoke out against homosexuality also defined marriage as being between a man and woman. But their Jesus (God) is love and not really concerned with sin. No Jesus didn’t condemn the woman taken in adultery but he did warn her to never do it again. In another passage the Lord commands a man he healed to “sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” So now some have erected an idol they call Jesus to do their bidding. They have made Jesus in their image and in their likeness. Because their Jesus is not the creator of all things He can only convict them on what they see as being wrong. Because their Jesus has no power or authority they seek abstinence instead of deliverance.
Though social interaction they receive the encouragement to make life style modifications instead of being transformed by the renewing of mind. In the words of my Pastor They are trying to bring a worldly tactic into a Godly situation. People it just won’t work!!! We who serve the most high God must like David call out the giant that’s through fear is intimidating the believer to conform to the culture of this world.
Grace & Truth
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. note
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: note
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. note
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.