How Christian Men Get Caught Up In Idols
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, October 21 2007 19:00|
race a vintage Porsche and have used racing as a platform to build relationships with men and share my faith. One day a man who never misses a chance to race asked me quite seriously, “When does my passion for racing become an idol?” Good question.
All idolatry is rooted in unbelief. This unbelief can take many forms, but at its root is the powerful lie, "Jesus Christ alone is not enough to make me happy. I need something else." An idol is something we worship. The issue is looking to anything except Jesus Christ for identity, meaning, and ultimate purpose. An idol is anything that becomes the object of inordinate affection. An idol is anything of which we say, "I must have this to be happy."
John Calvin said that men are “idol factories.” Perhaps nothing interferes with a man’s faith more than the root problem of making idols—it’s the “next step” after believing a lie. The average American Christian male has made an idol of something that competes with his full surrender to the Lordship of Christ. Men can make idols of almost anything, but common examples today include:
As you can readily see, all these affections are horizontal and worldly. All such friendship with the world is spiritual adultery (James 4:4).
Idols make promises they cannot keep, which is why you can be on a winning streak and still feel empty.
Yours for changed lives,