“An idol isn’t necessarily a statue or image; it’s anything that we love more than we love Jesus Christ. Both now and then [in the future], both sooner and later, Jesus Christ must be the unrivalled Lord of our hearts.” -David Jeremiah
This particular quote puts in absolute clarity a vital issue that sadly, seems to be ignored by many professing Christians. It states the very simple truth that anything put ahead of Jesus Christ, our Lord, becomes an idol in our hearts – and this is a problem that MUST be addressed.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
In order to have a genuine Christian walk, Jesus must be at the centre of everything. No one is greater than He, no one loves you and I like He, and we are His creation. Knowing this, it’s only fitting that the greatest priority of our lives be Jesus. To commune with Him, to praise Him, to share Him and all that He has done for us. However, all too often thoughts of Jesus and all that He is fade away and things of the World creep in, distracting the Christian.
Secular media such as music, movies, games, and television often become rampant obsessions that consume valuable time we could be using to spend in quiet time with God in study, prayer, or praise. Time we could be spending showing loved ones affection is spent glued in front of a screen, being hypnotised by destructive messages, both obvious and subliminal. If you think that secular media is solely there for the purpose of entertainment – you’d be very wrong.
Not only is the vast majority of what’s on television carefully constructed to get your attention and keep it, it’s satanically inspired, designed to subtly manipulate your mind into acceptance of many things that go against Christian values. This includes what the secular world deems acceptable behaviours, coarse language, crude humour, and of course, idol worship (pop stars, sports stars, etc). Commercials and product placement in TV shows, music videos, and movies encourage greed by inciting the desire to have the ‘new hot thing’.
Characters with loose morals and music videos displaying lascivious sexual acts brainwash children into thinking it’s okay and even healthy to grow up to be a generation of fornicators. Supermodels, actresses, and pop starlets who undergo plastic surgery, crash diet, or do drugs to maintain mainstream society’s idea of beautiful teach many both male and female, to view women who don’t meet those standards as being somehow worth less than these fabricated beauties.
All of this is not only unhealthy, it’s un-Christian.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
I praise and thank Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of my repented sin, and for the continued help and strength to distance myself further and further from these things which corrupt the mind and heart so efficiently.
If we are serious about our Christianity, we should be forsaking the things of the World. If we are serious about our Christianity, as we grow in Christ, much of what will have entertained us in the past will no longer be enjoyable. We need to set ourselves apart, and separate ourselves from the secular poison that separates us from God.
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
1 John 2:15
This is not exclusive to the secular media, though the media is a big factor. Any material possession you cling to, any person in your life you love more than your Saviour – these all become idols, when you don’t have your priorities straight. All possessions – houses, cars, boats – all of it, will deteriorate and be as nothing one day. But Jesus and His Word is eternal.
To put this in another perspective, think of how much you love your loved ones. All that love that you feel for your spouse, child, whomever is closest to you in this life. All that love you feel for them, you should be feeling, and much more besides, for Jesus!
Let no other name but the name of Jesus Christ be magnified. He is the only One worthy of praise.