When anything other than Jesus becomes our hope (or our wealth, security, sufficiency, completeness, joy, safety, etc…), whatever we have replaced him with has become an idol. And when we place anything on that throne, we will defend it. We will justify it. We will protect it. We will cease to allow the gospel to confront it. We will hang a Do Not Disturb sign on it. As Gerald said on Sunday, “Our idols will always make demands of us.”
To create a physical representation of the invisible God is to seek to render understandable that which is too great for our understanding. And when we do this, we inevitably diminish God. Always. And we do this in our own image, in our own likeness, in an attempt to portray God in the way we wish for others to see him. This is a serious violation of the person of God. Indeed, as many have written about the book The Shack, much can be said about the way that God is misrepresented.
All people are desperate for a savior. I know this because I see the ebb and flow of our culture. As it continues to conjure up new ones, people run to them in droves. It never ceases to amaze me how the masses can be manipulated and wooed by such insane people and notions. America has a surging new religious movement. It’s called self-actualization. I say ‘new’ because of the incredible emphasis on this idea in the present day, but, of course, there is nothing new under the sun. Every ‘new’ cultural religious movement is just warmed-over idolatry, and, like this one, usually includes self-idolatry at its core. Within this new religion two specific ‘denominations’ can be identified, of course there are probably many others, but these two are definitely the most prominent. Each employs a plethora of ‘prophets,’ but have one primary figure leading the charge. The two are extremely diverse, but the heart of each finds its root