Friday, August 3, 2012

IDOLATRY- AMERICA'S MIDDLE NAME?

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT
You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth (Exodus 20:4)


In these so-called enlightened and educated 21st Century, would you believe we still have people and religions all over the world (and here in the west), bowing down and praying to idols and false gods.


For instance, the hindus have a god for almost every aspect of life with many of them idols of animals and strange looking creatures...IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION and rebellion against the Law of the Holy One! They are the biggest culprits. It is so horribly bad, that they revere rats and refuse to eat beef while walking carefully around deadly snakes, just in case it is their "reincarnated" uncle or sister! This is how far the foolishness of man in their rebellion has led him. 

Yet we have sensible people in the west following the practices of these pagans! One of them is Yoga and its accompanying meditation! No matter how much one dress up this pig, it is still a pig. People are kidding themselves thinking they can "christianize" these religious exercises and not be held accountable by God for them! By definition, Yoga, is what Webster's (and any other dictionary) calls "a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation"!



This slippery slope of these modern American or other Yoga enthusiasts leads to a lot of them selling out Christ and going into ungodly Buddhist/hindu meditation and chants.  This reminds me of the conduct of the just freed Israelites who were accustomed to all the pagan gods of Egypt. We know that each of the plagues which God had Moses declare over Pharoah's Egypt represented a different pagan god (from the frogs to the locusts etc). The Israelites had just seen all the miracles of God - from the Emancipation from 400 years of slavery to the Parting of the Red Sea - still they rallied around Moses' brother as he built a golden calf!



Are there other things which we do that violate this Second Commandment apart from Yoga? Yes, there is! Idolatry is America's middle name! The entire culture is based on Celebrity of some form. Whether it is the soccer mom or football dad living vicariously through their kids for the championship trophy or ring...or the famous actor or musician driving mercilessly for the Academy or Grammy award...it is all the same! The twenty-somethings are into fame and becoming the next American Idol or Reality TV star, no matter what the cost or the embarrassment.  Everything most of these people do is geared towards obtaining some sort of graven image (or like representation thereof), to the point that the process of getting there, becomes the act of their entire worship. This is the bane of de-construction of Faith and a moving away from the Pure, Holy and Living Christ. Contrary to the hopes and plans of God for His people, this idolatry eventually leads to eternal separation from Him. How sad.....

TOMORROW: THIRD COMMANDMENT
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