Acts 17:16-34; Judges 7-8; Job 37
One of the hit TV shows of the past few years is “American Idol.” There are those among us who would give anything for a chance to be there. We look at our entertainment and sports stars with adoration and a sense of awe. “While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.” (Acts 17:16) Perhaps we understand Paul’s distress upon viewing all of the statues of wood and gold that were meant to represent the gods of Greece, still, we ourselves have made idols of the people around us. People who have a better singing voice or can play a guitar; people who can run faster, jump higher, dribble a basketball, throw a football, or hit a baseball better than us; people who have risen to great heights in business. No, we don’t necessarily worship the idols of wood, stone, or gold anymore – but we have our own idols that we revere like gods. And we are no longer troubled by this sense of worship of our idols. We scream like crazy when we see our idols; we cheer them on when they do their thing and we hush those who become too excited in church. No longer are we troubled by idol worship, we participate in it enthusiastically. Go ahead, cheer for your favorite entertainers and sports figures, but don’t get so caught up in the adulation that you forget that we are ultimately followers of Jesus Christ and we are to worship only the one true God.
Lord, I confess that I get excited as I watch professional sports stars and entertainers. These are people that are the best at what they do. Remind me that You have given them their talent. Remind me that You have given them the persistence to work and use their gifts so that I never lose my perspective. Help me to worship You alone.