Sunday, July 08, 2007

Idolatry in our culture

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

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