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God As Idol February 5, 2012



Like the people of Israel who created a golden calf to represent God while Moses way away, fundamentalist Christians have built their own idols to represent God until Jesus returns.  The religion of fundamentalism is idolatry.

The god [they call] to bless [their] antigay campaign is an idol that [they] have created from a string of unrelated biblical verses read literally to sanction their prejudice and consolidate their power.

We’ve seen this demigod before.  The Roman Catholic Church called upon him to bless their bloody inquisitions and crusades.  Fiery frontier preachers called upon him to bless their war against Native Americans.  White Southern Christians called upon him to bless their efforts to preserve slavery and segregation.  White Northern Christians called upon him to bless their efforts to prevent women’s suffrage and obstruct child labor laws.

These same fundamentalists who persecute my brothers and sisters wear bracelets that read “What Would Jesus Do?”  If only they would take that question seriously.
A Christian understands who God is by looking closely at Jesus.  Any lesser god is an idol, and anyone who worships that lesser god is an idolater in God’s eyes.

[Taken from “Religion Gone Bad” by Mel White.]

 

3 Responses to “God As Idol”

  1. OUCH…..and exquisitely stated. As a Roman Catholic, I can attest to the temptation to indulge idolatry both by the Institution and its members. When working in the Church, I saw this in the worshiping of the Monstrance during Eucharistic adoration….as if Christ is ONLY present in the Blessed host…and the bigger the host, the better. I have seen it in the way the Church uses “God” as their vanquisher….determining that if you are not a Catholic in good standing, then you won’t be going to Heaven. I have seen it in the way that Catholic pro-lifers believe God has ordained them to inflict violence on the women who in a desperate situation believe they have no other choice, the condemnation to “limbo” of their unborn child and the doctors who are caught in the cross hairs of morality and politics. When we use “God” to push our own political agenda, to justify our violence or to keep ourselves from being the loving, compassion, peaceful people God made us to be…we are nothing more than idol worshipers. Thank you for this important reminder.

  2. Jerry(DFWTexan42) Says:

    It’s always an temptation to construct an replacement for God we can “understand”. God is limitless, we are finite, and it can be frightening to admit we are incapable of an complete understanding of God. That is why there will always be an mystery, and why grace is the only way.

    What I do find comforting, is that God is an person we can have an relationship with, tring to replace him with an salvation vending machine completely misses the point.

    2 Corinthians 3:6

    NIV
    He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

    New Living Translation (2007)
    He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.


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