Wow, ok, it’s been a loooooong time since I’ve really updated anything on here, actually, just a hair over 2 months. As with most of you, the past two months have been a time of growth, emotionally, spiritually, and yes…physically : ( Something about the holidays just makes me hungry, and this year the hunger never left me…
So, in light of the areas of growth, I will be continuing on with the Worship Series on the topic of social worship.
How many of you have participated in watching an awards show this year? Go ahead, admit it, I won’t tell anyone. How many times during those awards shows did you find yourself critiquing the people our society tells us are glamorous, sexy and should be viewed as role models? Where in scripture are we commanded or even suggested to spend so much time idolizing another human? As scripture tells us “there is none righteous, not one.” Where do we get that it’s okay to put these people, who are as flawed and sinful as we are, up on a pedestal? Our worship of people in our society is not even remotely a new concept. People have been idolizing other people since Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden, and it’s gotten nothing but worse since then. In my own life, I have idolized athletes, pastors, friends even fellow classmates throughout school. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve looked back with embarrassment at some of the things I’ve done and some of the ways I’d idolized people. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with looking up to someone or having a role model that you refer to when going through something you’re not quite sure how to handle. What I’m saying is that when we put so much attention, so much thought into considering what that person would do, that we mimic them completely as if to try and become that person, we lose sight of what we are called to do. The only one we are supposed to idolize is Jesus Christ. End of story.
Along with the dangers of mimicking these people in everything we do, we run the risk of leading others astray from what God has called them to do. Luke 17:1-2 talks about leading others astray:
“1 He said to His disciples, “Offenses will certainly come, but woe to the one they come through! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” (HCSB)
If I as a parent spend hours upon hours watching football film and don’t spend time with my kids, what does that show my kids? Not that I care about them as much as I care about watching football, my attention and focus is on that film instead of with them, therefore showing that my attention is on something other than them. When we spend more time worshiping movie stars, music icons and other social royalty instead of spending time with our Savior and King, we will never grow to the potential that we have in Christ. My encouragement to myself and to you guys is to monitor what you spend the majority of your time on, and see if we can work our way to spending more time with our Savior through reading scripture and prayer instead of with trivial reality shows that encourage and condone hatred and spitefulness.
I will hopefully be a little more consistent with this thing from now on, just working on getting a routine figured out that will allow for more type time, as it is a source of stress relief for me, and hopefully a time of some form of entertainment for you. Thanks, and as always, I look forward to and enjoy any feedback I get on this blog!
Missed Worship Part I? Read it here