If you have been a Christian for any length of time you have read, or at least, heard of the Exodus story. It is a story that is taught to children and adults, but I think we hear it so much that it may have lost its meaning. In our culture today I think the story of the Golden Calf has lost such a meaning. Exodus 32:1-4 states
“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2 So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”
The Lord had delivered Israel from slavery, but soon the people grew indignant. At this point Moses had been on Mt. Sinai for quite a while. Now I ask you a question? How do you think of your pastor? If he were to leave would you follow suit? If so you may be committing idolatry. Granted there are circumstances when leaving may be warranted. Our pastors work hard and should be respected for what they do, but is it possible that , in some cases, we are elevating them in a way that is inappropriate? They are our shepherds and an example of Godly living. I promise that a majority of Pastors would be horrified to find that they have been elevated to an unbiblical position, and if one encourages it…well that is a whole other matter.
What about social media? Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +,and LinkedIn this mode communication has come to consume our lives. To be fair there are many great things about social media. With a click of a button we can stay in touch with friends from high school, make connections around the world, or share the message of the Gospel. So how can such a good thing become an idol? It happens the same way that anything can become an idol…by substituting something in the place of God. It often happens and we don’t even know it. How many times do we say that we don’t have time to read scripture or pray, but we can spend hours on social media? I hope you see the connection. Social media is great, but it must not take the place of our quiet time with the Lord. It also must not take the place of interacting with our spouses, which is unfortunately, happening all to often.
When you saw the story of the Golden Calf earlier in this article you may have thought “I don’t worship a Golden Calf.” You may not have anyone elevated to a position they should not be in. You may not let social media run your life and are faithful in your daily devotional time. That is great! Keep it up! For many of us our Golden Calf is money, sex, and loads of cash. The point is there are no shortage of things that have the potential to become idols for us. The good news in we have forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ. So as we go on with our daily lives we should take some time to reflect. What things have we allowed to become idols in our lives? This is most likely not intentional, but we are still accountable.