We don’t talk too much about idolatry or idol worship anymore, even in the church. After all, nobody in Western society really bows down to human-made little idols like in other cultures and prays to inanimate objects. Or do we? Most Westerners think that money talks; that sports rules; and, that others should bow to American ways. We even have places of worship for our idols on Wall Street, the local mall, and the stadium.
I’m not down on shopping, making money, watching the next NBA playoff game, or American democracy. It’s just that we are fooling ourselves if we think that idolatry speech is not relevant to us. We replace the worship of God and Christ’s Church with all kinds of things. Our hearts do not always love God with all our mind and strength. Like the pagans of old, we are just as prone to trust in products of our own construction in order to get our sense of security and fulfillment.
The simple spiritual practice of giving glory to God for every good thing in our lives can help inoculate us from the propensity to trust in our own ingenuity and production. In short, we need God – all the time. Whatever practices we can put in place to remind us of that truth will bring the kind of blessing that we often search for in other gods. Starting the day with inhaling the words “more of you” and exhaling with the words “less of me” gives God his due place in our lives and puts us on a trajectory of giving God glory throughout the day.
Great God Almighty, I will bless your name today and every day. Wean me away from the idols of my heart so that I will learn to trust you more and more in daily life. To the glory of Jesus I pray. Amen.