Saturday, April 14, 2012
It Might Be Idolatry
We all remember the comic series, “You Might Be a Redneck if …” It was very successful, because it was actually funny. It dealt with real stereotypes and forced people to laugh at themselves.
In the church, we also have some stereotypes that, unfortunately, are based in some truth. In this case, though, it’s not a laughing matter. No is the time to cry aloud and spare not like never before. Idolatry is very real and very common. God’s people must expose it, change it, and put God back on the throne in HIS OWN HOUSE!
If the pastor demands royal treatment and expensive gifts, while there are members struggling to pay bills, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
When a person is "anointed", because they always follow and agree, but labeled a "demon" when they disagree or leave, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
If the people will drop everything to follow a leader around the country, but won't sacrifice the same to pray, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
If the people will go broke to buy new suits for the next conference, but fail to pay the same month's bills, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
When the leader demands to be addressed by a title, but isn't moved by hearing the LORD's name used in vain, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
When someone rebukes others for not supporting them, but never holds them accountable to holiness, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
When the women of the church disobey their husbands, but call him disobedient for not listening to the pastor, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
When the people fear being called to the pastor's office more than they fear God, Himself, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
When the people shout the church down every time hands are laid on them, but have no private prayer life, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
When the people always advertise their pastors and leaders, but have never introduced someone to Christ, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
When the people raise thousands for a new church building, but have never given to the sick or poor, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!
When the people pay $50 for the pastor's birthday banquet tickets, but have never given more than $10 in offering, IT MIGHT BE IDOLATRY!