We are discussing idolatry, among other things, on my churches web site. On a side note, the fact that we use a blog-based site instead of a “this is the schedule for VBS and women’s ministry” based site is inovative and exciting to me. It gives people a real feel for what our heart is about. Anyway, Shawn said this, and I think it’s worth everyone taking the time to ponder. He poses questions that everyone should take the time to evaluate.
The most basic question which God poses to each human heart: Has something or someone besides Jesus the Christ taken title to your heart’s functional trust, preoccupation, loyalty, service, fear and delight? More Questions that bring some of people’s idols to the surface:
To who or what do you look for life-sustaining stability, security and acceptance?
What do you really want and expect out of life?
What would really make you happy?
What would make you an acceptable person?
Where do you look for power and success?
These questions or similar ones tease out whether we serve God or idols, whether we look for salvation from Christ or from false saviors. This bears on the immediate motivation of my behavior, thoughts, feelings. In the Bible, the motivation question is the lordship question: Who or what rules my behavior, the Lord or an idol?
For more read Idols of the Heart and “Vanity Fair” by David Powlison