What is Idolatry?
In ancient times and in many cultures today there is the worship of manmade idols and gods.
- Isaiah 44:9-20
Picture a man who goes out and identifies a tree in the forest. He prunes the tree to make it grow nice an tall. In ancient times, men would cut down a tree, carve an idol from it and then bow down in worship.P
Idolatry is ridiculous. It is not just bowing down to a wooden or golden idol. It is replacing the worship and reverence of God with the worship and reverence of the created.
- Romans 1:21-25
What does the worship of false, imaginary gods have to do with politics?
- Colossians 3:5
Covetousness is idolatry.
It is idolatry because the love of money has replaced the love of God in the heart. When coveting anything real or imagined replaces God in your heart becomes your idol.
It could be one who worships and replaces God with their favorite sports team.
It could be...
- a home
- a car
- an automobile
- hunting, fishing
Even the U.S. Constitution can become an idol, especially, the bill of rights to some people.
How can we know if we are in danger of falling into the Devil's trap of idolatry.
6 Signs your Politics is Idolatry
1. You feel defensive if anyone suggests your political affiliation may interfere with your work in the church.
When we share untruths what does that do to our influence?
Our reputation is important to our Christianity.
- Proverbs 22:1
- Ecclesiastes 7:1
- Matthew 5:13
Spreading lies brings reproach on ourselves and the church.
Let's not act in foolishness
- Proverbs 19:3
- Proverbs 22:15
If my political activity is hurting my influence then Ishoul
2. You use the pronouns us, and our, to refer to the country more than to Christianity.
- Philippians 3:20
Worldly countries will be destroyed. But, God's kingdom will last forever. Our allegiance should be to God's kingdom, the church.
- Colossians 1:13
- Hebrews 11:13
We are strangers and pilgrims. We owe our allegiance to the church rather than to an earthly country.
3. You may be endanger of political ideologies.
Anyone can change. The hard hearted person can be softened by the gospel.
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
If we always look at our political opponents and accuse them of evil, we may be in danger of political ideologies.
4. You worry that if the wrong side is elected then everything will fall apart.
These arguments are designed to instill fear.
"Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” - Yoda, The Phantom Menace, Star Wars
5. Your happiness is tied to politics.
When the other party gets elected, you feel deeply saddened, and you feel the urge to grumble, complain, and blame others. This is known as Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Because their candidate did not win, many supporters of the failed candidate will grumble and complain and state “Not MY president!”
Mental illnesses are officially classified in a dense and dry book published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5)… The DSM-5 states that "a mental disorder is a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual's cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior…mental disorders are usually associated with significant distress in social, occupational, or other important activities." Many have argued that some people have been seriously disturbed and distressed by the policies, speech, behavior, and tweets of [the president], so much so that it has affected their cognitive, affective, and behavioral functioning. Such people may need mental health support. As such, further research is necessary to investigate the extreme reactions toward him, in the same way that researchers investigate other extreme social phenomena, such as Beatlemania or the like. This will shed light on the reality of this emerging folk category that has been labelled by many as “Trump Derangement Syndrome." — Dr. Rob Whitley in an article from psychologytoday.com
Yet, it goes the other way as well – illustrated by the false narratives concerning our previous president.
6. You talk, study and think about the political issues more than you do God, or your Bible.
You have more desire to convert others to your political policy rather than converting to Christ.
Six Solutions to Avoid Political Idolatry
1. Be willing to ask yourself if you are seeking first the kingdom of God.
- Matthew 6:33
- Matthew 10:37
2. Know that God is Really Sovereign
- Psalm 83:17-18
- Daniel 4:25
- Romans 13:1-4
3. Remember that because of Jesus the rulers and authorities have been disarmed.
- Colossians 2:15
- Isaiah 40:17
- Psalm 2:4
4. When you feel frustrated with your political opponents who have flesh know that they are not the real enemy.
- Ephesians 6:12
5. The main problem in the world is sin, and the solution is not political, it is God.
The alternative is to think that something else besides sin is the main problem and to think that the main solution is something besides God. The main issues facing our country are spiritual or moral in nature.
- Romans 3:23-24
- Romans 6:23
If we were to change our focus, and change the hearts and minds by teaching the gospel of Christ we can change the world.
The only thing that can change the heart of man, is the word of God.
6. Next time you feel the urge to say something about politics figure out a way to address the underlying problem of sin.
Offer the real solution, which is Jesus Christ.
Bonus: Turn off, or unplug the things which cause you to be focused on politics.
Media feeds off the fear. Stop watching or reading the news to turn your mind from the struggle.
- Psalm 4:8
If you are involved in politics don't let that become more important to you than God. Don't let it ruin your influence for good.
Embrace Christ, believe that He is the son of God, repenting of your sins, confessing Him and being baptized for the remission of sins.
Let the world do what the world will do. And, let the church do what God would have us do.
If we can help you to come to rely on God's faithfulness we invite you to contact us.