Will You Turn or Bow To Modern Idols - 1 Thessalonians 1:9

1 Thessalonians 1:9, idolatry, Subtle idols
Idols are easy to identify when they're actual images or statues that people worship. 

But we Christians have subtle and sophisticated idols: 
1. Benign things like sports, fashion, food and hobbies. 
2. Good things like family, church, health, fitness and politics. 

These things need not be idols, but they can be.

It depends on the measure of our devotion: 
  • Are we passionate about politics but quiet about the Lord? 
  • Are we anxious when our favorite team loses but indifferent about the spiritually lost? 
  • Are we available for our friends and family but too busy for the Lord? 
  • Are we careful about what we eat but careless about the things that influence our souls? 
Paul identifies the Thessalonians as genuine believers because they "turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God" (1 Thessalonians 1:9). 

Are you turning from or bowing to your idols? Take time today to ask yourself some hard questions.

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  1. Would Singers, Movie Stars be considered idols?

    1. Hi Nita,
      In this devotion, I tried to mention less obvious idols in our lives, but you are absolutely right.

      Sports, TV, music, and movie celebrities can become our idols. We can also make food, drugs, and sex idols. Or we can actually worship pagan gods. All of these things are idols.

      We were made to worship God, and if we move away from God, we begin to create other idols to worship.
      Thanks for stopping by

  2. I recently read in Proverbs that a rich man's money is like a high wall surrounding a city in his mind. I think our money is often where we turn for security instead of to God making it one of those subtle and sophisticated idols!

  3. This is such a good reminder! I have to be on my guard about making my children an idol - there have been times when the Lord has shown me that "having well-behaved children" was the focus in my life.

    Thank you!

    I'm visiting from the Growing Home link-up! :)


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