“Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”  I Corinthians 10:14

When I heard the offensive remarks made by Kathy Griffin at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, I was shocked, at first.  But as I began to think about it, I realized that she was just voicing what most American inwardly think and outwardly act out.  Just in case you didn’t hear about Kathy Griffin’s acceptance speach, here it is…

“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus,” an exultant Griffin said, holding up her statuette. “Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”

Offensive?  Yes, of course.  But as our pastor pointed out this morning, even the most well intentioned Christian, in effect can be living this attitude!  Offended?  Well, if you aren’t fully devoted to God and living for HIM, you are most likely worshipping your own  god.  Granted your (talking to myself)  attitude may not be as course, blasphemous and foul as Kathy Griffin’s, but you may indeed be living a life that has nothing to do with Jesus.  Have you built up personal wealth, which has nothing to do with Jesus?  Have you achieved success which has nothing to do with Jesus?  Have you sculpted the perfect body, which has nothing to do with Jesus?   There is nothing inherently evil about these things, but if they are not surrendered to Jesus, then they are in effect surrendered to the enemy! Just something to think about.

Do you have an idol in your life?  I think we all have false idols at some time in our lives.  Do you worship your job?  or your house? do you worship yourself? your wardrobe? how about your financial portfolio?  or even your spouse?  There are an infinite number of assorted idols that we set up.  So, before you react to Kathy Griffin’s remarks with righteous indignation, examine your own life.  You probably have your own idol that has nothing to do with Jesus.  Thanks for reading.

The Folly Of Idolatry, Isaiah 44:12-18 

12 The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals;
       he shapes an idol with hammers,  he forges it with the might of his arm.
       He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.

 13 The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker;
       he roughs it out with chisels  and marks it with compasses.
       He shapes it in the form of man, of man in all his glory,
       that it may dwell in a shrine.

 14 He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak.
       He let it grow among the trees of the forest,
       or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.

 15 It is man’s fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself,
       he kindles a fire and bakes bread.  But he also fashions a god and worships it;
       he makes an idol and bows down to it.

 16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal,
       he roasts his meat and eats his fill.  He also warms himself and says,
       “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”

 17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships.
       He prays to it and says, “Save me; you are my god.”

 18 They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.