What do you do with all that talk in the Bible against idols? How do we explain that idolatry is still a problem for us today?
PCA pastor Tim Keller's recent article answers that question by showing that sin is always primarily an issue of idolatry. The basic argument:
- Sin isn't only doing bad things, it is more fundamentally making good things into ultimate things
- Sin is building your identity--your self-worth and happiness--on anything other than God. For example, sin is looking to your career (or romance, etc) to save you, to give you everything that you should be looking for in God.
- Making an idol out of something means giving it the love you should be giving your Creator and Sustainer