Is God really our only god?

Most everyone knows the major commandments found in the book of Exodus. Thou shall not kill, commit adultery, steal, take God’s name in vain and thou shall honor your parents and keep the sabbath holy. We’re pretty set on not breaking those. But what about those lower profile commandments? Lying, jealousy, making false idols, and putting no other God’s before me. I know, if we thought about it, we’d admit that we struggle with jealousy and maybe even telling white lies, but that’s really it, right? Well, what if I told you that it’s those last two commandments that we most often break?

You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,” That is found in Exodus‬ ‭20:3-5‬. The first two commandments issued. You might be thinking, ‘well, I don’t worship another god, only our God, and I haven’t made any voodoo dolls lately, so I’m solid.’ Do you really think that’s all it means?

Of course, it means the obvious. We can’t worship Allah or Buddha or Krishna along with Jesus Christ. We certainly can’t bow to any tangible figurines either. However, that isn’t the only way these laws apply to our lives. We can make gods or idols out of nearly anything, we just don’t realize it. It is alarming to think that we might be guilty of consistently breaking commandments but we do it all the time. Colossians 3:5 says, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” Well, that puts it into perspective! But what if you don’t struggle with sexual sin or evil desires? That doesn’t mean that you aren’t making idols. Anything that consistently takes the focus away from God, is an idol in our lives. Overworking, obsession with fitness, chaotic extracurricular schedules, etc. Am I saying those things are bad? Absolutely not. I’m simply saying everything should have its proper place. We tend to live life and if we have time left over, we’ll give it to God. We should be doing the opposite. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” If we put Him first, everything else will fall into place.

Growing up in church, I was always warned against looking on Hollywood and musicians as idols. Yes, they’re beautiful and talented but they lead you astray. Obviously as an adult, I get it now. But being an adult and a more mature Christian, I realize that it’s not just Hollywood that we idolize. What about these seemingly larger than life Christian leaders? I know folks who hang on every word they say! I would argue that names like Billy and Franklin Graham, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, Joel Osteen, and even newcomers like Steven Furtick and Carl Lentz are just as well known as some in Hollywood. Some even run in Hollywood circles. (Hello! Red flag!) However, we seem to think that because they claim the name of Jesus, they’re deserving of the pedestal on which they sit. Well, they’re not, friend. No man is worthy! First of all, please ask yourself why these big names are generally accepted by the world. I thought the world hated God and everything for which He stands? Well, something doesn’t add up because man, in his flesh, hates truth. Real truth points out wrongdoing, which doesn’t appeal to our flesh. If these leaders were consistently dishing out Biblical truths, they would not be generally well liked. You must verify every word delivered against the Word of God. It could have eternal ramifications. However, ultimately, even if every word they ever spoke was legit, they’re still not God! We should never put our faith in man or somehow equate man with God. Man will surely fail; God will never, ever fail!

Lastly, considering the days in which we live, where fear mongering and gaslighting are commonplace, we must not allow ‘the agenda’ to become our god. Many today are worshipping at the altar of science where Fauci and Gates are the most high. The media has bred so much fear and created so much division that even Christians are falling in the trap. Let me be clear, you can be a Christian and also believe science; I am not denying that. However, what we’re seeing today is not real science. It is manipulated data that is bought and paid for by elitists with an evil agenda in their hearts and innocent blood on their hands. There is no mask that will protect you. There is no vaccine that will save you. The only real hope we have in this world is Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made on the cross of Calvary. As Christians, this wicked world is not our home and must live everyday with that in the forefront of our minds. Otherwise, we will succumb to the other gods waiting in the wings.

There is only one true God and He deserves nothing less than our utmost devotion. Let’s put Him first and watch Him work on our behalf.

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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