Idol i·dol noun: idol; plural noun: idols
1. an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.
synonyms: icon, representation of a god, image, effigy, statue, figure, figurine, fetish, totem; graven image, false god, golden calf
“a throng of men gathered in worship of a golden idol”
of a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered.”
synonyms: hero, heroine, star, superstar, icon, celebrity.
Lately, I’ve been observing many Christians who are quick to pronounce their allegiance to a preferred political candidate, and, this somehow, has become elevated above anything else.
There’s really nothing wrong with adhering to a particular political figure, but when it becomes our “primary” focus, then our reverence to God is slowly being eroded away, and is then replaced with something else.
Some of these types are quick to pronounce that they’ve had a dream about who the next president will be, and they are convinced that they are right. (I also know, and many will be taken by surprise with the outcome.)
However, whatever we believe that we’ve heard from the LORD concerning all of this, my hope is that our primary focus would be given back to the LORD himself. My overall point is how some are so “preoccupied” with this that they now seem to have left their FIRST LOVE.
When I see and read stories about bashing other political figures, or showing pictures of them in ridiculous or unflattering clothing, I really wonder about the person’s walk with the LORD. I question their maturity, and I’m tempted to wash my hands of them; but God calls us to love all.
Our God is a jealous God and He doesn’t want anything, or anyone, to replace Him. It can be a subtle thing, and we’re all guilty of this at one time or another. Many in the past fashioned wood or stone, and this became their idol.
But an idol doesn’t have to be this blatant or obvious as a figurine or statue. An idol is something that we revere and consider highly. It is something that one would think about continually. This type of thing consumes our time, effort, and overall focus.
When one is consumed by this type of thinking, it can spread like a cancer to those who come in contact with it. A mob mentality can develop even amongst the closest of friends. When one disagrees with those who follow after a certain person, then they can be shunned, or at best, disassociated with.
God calls us to put Him first. He says in His word:
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,” Matthew 6:33.
“What profit is the idol when its maker has carved it, Or an image, a teacher of falsehood? For its maker trusts in his own handiwork when he fashions speechless idols,” Habakkuk 2:18.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?