Mark Twain, our greatest humorist, often skewered pomposity and silly human foibles. He once
paraphrased the most famous question of the Westminster Catechism:
Q.: What is the chief end of man?
A.: To get rich.
Q.: In what way?
A.: Dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must.
Q.: Who is God, the one and only true?
A.: Money is God. Gold and Greenbacks and Stock – father, son, ghosts of same, three
persons in one; three persons in one; these are the true and only God, mighty and supreme.
Our focus this week is on the word “Idolatry.” Twain was tweaking his era, -- often called the
“Gilded Age” – for its singular focus on the accumulation of wealth. In so many ways, his words
still ring true nearly 150 years later.
In his most far-reaching epistle, Romans, Paul equates every sin with “Idolatry.” Generations
later, Augustine succinctly characterized “Idolatry” as “worshiping anything that ought to be
used, or using anything that is meant to be worshipped.”
Our world today seeks and finds idols in wealth, sports, possessions, appearance, race, sex,
gender, positon, and countless other objects, attitudes and titles. Each seemingly worshipped
for the clout, cache or superiority we believe they offer us. What are your idols? In your life are
they simply people and things you admire? Or have they become a driving force in life to the
point where you have crossed a line to worship them?
God anticipated our proclivity for chasing idols in life: “…you shall have no other gods before
me.” (Exodus 20:3)
Sunday in worship we will explore how to break the hold of “Idolatry” and find a path to living
faithfully as children of the one true God.